The Never-Ending Silence of Beyonce

The Never-Ending Silence of Beyonce

Simply keeping quiet is keeping her ahead of the rest
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It has been over a year since she last sat down for a traditional interview, she doesn’t tweet, her Tumblr is solely photos and every one of her Instagram posts is caption-less. She was sought after for the September issue of Vogue, the bible for everything feminine, and declined the interview. While most women would absolutely die for the opportunity, the interviewer, Margo Jefferson, didn’t speak with Beyoncé or anyone from her team. Not a single word, just photographs. There is something so intriguing about the silence of Queen B.

The thing is, she’s not in hiding. You can see Bey volunteering in hospitals and orphanages in Haiti with her non-profit titled appropriately “Bey Good” or sunbathing in Cabo with superstar husband Jay Z and their daughter, Blue Ivy. You can find her doing normal person things too like grabbing a vegan dinner in Los Angeles or Brooklyn and taking her daughter to the park. The queen is gracing different stages across the world, dancing and singing in huge, out of this world productions. She’s visual but not vocal, something totally off the grid for a musician.

The silence of Mrs. Beyoncé Knowles-Carter is meditated and powerful. Her beliefs are justified enough within herself to suppress the need to share them. When she has something to say, it is meaningful. Although she subtly hints at causes she loves and her passions, she doesn’t overdo it. She didn’t even say the words, “I’m pregnant”, instead, she subtly rubbed her belly at the end of a killer performance of “Love on Top” and made tabloids absolutely insane for weeks upon weeks.

The Queen doesn’t spend months promoting her music before it is released; she modestly releases and lets the music speak for itself. Flash back to her surprise, self-titled album in 2013. We woke up one morning to the world in almost chaos, a musical album accompanied by a visual album taking over the Internet. No words to describe it, but the videos showing precisely what she had in mind for every song. That record crept to number one, selling 828,773 copies in the first three days. Some may even go to say that the silence before the album actually caused the success. She’s released several singles this way as well, including “7/11” and more recently a collaboration with Naughty Boy titled “Runnin’”. Both singles receiving the credit they deserved.

While artists are constantly receiving criticism and losing fans over controversial topics or risky comments, Beyoncé stays ahead of the game by simply staying out of it. Take a look at other artists. When Miley Cyrus said Nicki Minaj was “not too kind” in an interview with the Times, she got backlash. When Nicki got on stage at the VMA’s to accept an award and called Miley out for her comment, the backlash grew. Instead of the award being focused on the music she had created, it turned into “what did Miley say about Nicki?” and “who’s the real bad guy here?”. I’m a fan of all of these women, but something has me believing that Beyoncé would have kept that moment focused solely on the music.

The opportunity to criticize her thoughts, comments and beliefs is not available due to the fact that she doesn’t directly release them. Though some of these things come out in her songs or visual representations, purposefully, criticism is focused directly on the music rather than the idea behind it. Bey has people on the edge of their seats at all times wondering what will come next and there is no denying that this has only helped her ever-growing success. Along with her musicality, her passion for feminism, equality and basic human rights shine through, making her a force to be reckoned with. She has crazy people like myself driving to another country simply to be in her presence and hypnotized by her music. There is just no denying her soundless but strong power.

All hail the silent, but resolute, queen.
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A Letter To My Go-To Aunt

Happiness is having the best aunt in the world.
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I know I don't say it enough, so let me start off by saying thank you.

You'll never understand how incredibly blessed I am to have you in my life. You'll also never understand how special you are to me and how much I love you.

I can't thank you enough for countless days and nights at your house venting, and never being too busy when I need you. Thank you for the shopping days and always helping me find the best deals on the cutest clothes. For all the appointments I didn't want to go to by myself. Thank you for making two prom days and a graduation party days I could never forget. Thank you for being overprotective when it comes to the men in my life.

Most importantly, thank you for being my support system throughout the numerous highs and lows my life has brought me. Thank you for being honest even when it isn't what I want to hear. Thank you for always keeping my feet on the ground and keeping me sane when I feel like freaking out. Thank you for always supporting whatever dream I choose to chase that day. Thank you for being a second mom. Thank you for bringing me into your family and treating me like one of your own, for making me feel special because you do not have an obligation to spend time with me.

You've been my hero and role model from the time you came into my life. You don't know how to say no when family comes to you for help. You're understanding, kind, fun, full of life and you have the biggest heart. However, you're honest and strong and sometimes a little intimidating. No matter what will always have a special place in my heart.

There is no possible way to ever thank you for every thing you have done for me and will continue to do for me. Thank you for being you.

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15 Thing Only Early 2000's Kids Will Understand

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This is it early 2000's babies, a compilation finally made for you. This list is loaded with things that will make you swoon with nostalgia.

1. Not being accepted by the late 90's kids.

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Contrary to what one may think, late 90's and early 00's kids had the same childhood, but whenever a 00's kid says they remember something on an "only 90's kids will understand" post they are ridiculed.

2. Fortune tellers.

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Every day in elementary school you would whip one of these bad boys out of your desk, and proceed to tell all of your classmates what lifestyle they were going to live and who they were going to marry.

3.Bunnicula

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You could never read this book past 8 o'clock at night out of fear that your beloved pet rabbit would come after you.

4. Silly bands.

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You vividly remember begging your parents to buy you $10 worth of cheap rubber bands that vaguely resembles the shape of an everyday object.

5. Parachutes.

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The joy and excitement that washed over you whenever you saw the gym teacher pull out the huge rainbow parachute. The adrenaline that pumped through your veins whenever your gym teacher tells you the pull the chute under you and sit to make a huge "fort".

6. Putty Erasers

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You always bought one whenever there was a school store.

7. iPod shuffle.

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The smallest, least technological iPpd apple has made, made you the coolest kid at the bus stop.

8. "Education Connection"

You knew EVERY wood to the "Education Connection" commercials. Every. Single.Word.

9. " The Naked Brothers Band"

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The "Naked Brothers Band" had a short run on Nickelodeon and wrote some absolute bangers including, "Crazy Car' and "I Don't Wanna Go To School"

10. Dance Dance Revolution

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This one video game caused so many sibling, friend, and parent rivalries. This is also where you learned all of your super sick dance moves.

11. Tamagotchi

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Going to school with fear of your Tamagotchi dying while you were away was your biggest worry.

12. Gym Scooters

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You, or somebody you know most likely broke or jammed their finger on one of these bad boys, but it was worth it.

13. Scholastic book fairs

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Begging your parents for money to buy a new book, and then actually spending it on pens, pencils, erasers, and posters.

14.Go-Gurt

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Who knew that putting yogurt in a plastic tube made it taste so much better?

15. Slap Bracelets

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Your school probably banned these for being "too dangerous".

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