Why Beyoncé Should Run For President

Why Beyoncé Should Run For President

America: it's time to get in Formation.

It's another election year and yet again, the two nominees present equally terrifying futures. If Trump says that he doesn't need political experience to run for the highest office in the land, I thought I'd throw out a name to look for in 2020.

America: it's time to get in Formation.

Madame President, Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter has quite the ring to it. Enjoy this list of some of the many reasons why I think Queen Bey should place her crown on her new desk in the Oval Office.

1. She's an international SUPERSTAR. Um, hello, Foreign Policy?

If Sarah Palin being able to see Russia from her backyard is sufficient foreign policy experience, how about roughly 6 World Tours (approximately 417 shows--not counting the other ones that weren't on tour) to build a rapport with people on an international level? If Beyoncé can sell out arenas around the world, I'm sure conversations with other countries would go very smoothly.

2. She has an "in" with some of the most influential people in politics.

The Obama's and the Clinton's are just some of the many people that Beyoncé interacts with regularly. Oh, we also can't forget about Kid President! Can you say #squadgoals?

3. Beyoncé is the definition of a humanitarian.

Her charity foundation #BeyGOOD has been at the center of giving much-needed assistance to less fortunate areas across the globe. Most recently, Beyoncé donated every cent of her ticket sales from the North American leg of The Formation World Tour to those affected by the Flint Water Crisis. That's $123 million. She also regularly hosts her fans at her concerts that have been known to do charity work in their community, equipping them with VIP passes to her shows as well as backstage meet and greets.

4. Beyoncé is never afraid to take a public stance on prominent social issues.

On her most recent tour stop in Raleigh, NC, Queen Bey could be seen in a photoshoot rocking a "Y'all Means All" t-shirt, her response to the very controversial and anti-LGBT House Bill 2 enacted by North Carolina Governor, Pat McCrory. Beyoncé also stays very involved in the #BlackLivesMatter movement, recently including the families of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and other African Americans killed by gun violence or the police as members of her entourage at the MTV Video Music Awards.

5. Beyoncé is a champion for women's rights.

"Feminist: a person who believes in the social, political, and economic equality of the sexes." Beyoncé included words from the popular speech on feminism by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie in "Flawless," a song on her self-titled album in 2013. Beyoncé's work contains some of the richest pieces of propaganda in the music industry, with hit songs such as "Ego" and "If I Were A Boy" referencing bits of a speech from abolitionist and female activist, Sojourner Truth. In an interview with ELLE Magazine in April, Beyoncé opened up about the heavily feminist vibe on her Mrs. Carter World Tour. She discusses the term "feminism" to the core saying,

"I’m not really sure people know or understand what a feminist is, but it’s very simple. It’s someone who believes in equal rights for men and women. I don’t understand the negative connotation of the word, or why it should exclude the opposite sex. If you are a man who believes your daughter should have the same opportunities and rights as your son, then you’re a feminist. We need men and women to understand the double standards that still exist in this world, and we need to have a real conversation so we can begin to make changes."

Ditto, Bey. Ditto.

I guess what I'm trying to say is, Beyoncé is one of those people that transcends her industry. While her talent shines, her compassion astonishes us all; she has quite the ability to bock the negative people from her life, and her work-ethic is truly unmatched. The Queen can do it all. There isn't much word on the potential of Beyoncé stepping into the world of politics anytime soon. However, Bey, if you ever need a campaign manager...I'm your man. #Yoncé2020

Make America Slay Again,


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To The Friends I Won't Talk To After High School

I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.


So, for the last four years I’ve seen you almost everyday. I’ve learned about your annoying little brother, your dogs and your crazy weekend stories. I’ve seen you rock the awful freshman year fashion, date, attend homecoming, study for AP tests, and get accepted into college.

Thank you for asking me about my day, filling me in on your boy drama and giving me the World History homework. Thank you for complimenting my outfits, laughing at me presenting in class and listening to me complain about my parents. Thank you for sending me your Quizlets and being excited for my accomplishments- every single one of them. I appreciate it all because I know that soon I won’t really see you again. And that makes me sad. I’ll no longer see your face every Monday morning, wave hello to you in the hallways or eat lunch with you ever again. We won't live in the same city and sooner or later you might even forget my name.

We didn’t hang out after school but none the less you impacted me in a huge way. You supported my passions, stood up for me and made me laugh. You gave me advice on life the way you saw it and you didn’t have to but you did. I think maybe in just the smallest way, you influenced me. You made me believe that there’s lots of good people in this world that are nice just because they can be. You were real with me and that's all I can really ask for. We were never in the same friend group or got together on the weekends but you were still a good friend to me. You saw me grow up before your eyes and watched me walk into class late with Starbucks every day. I think people like you don’t get enough credit because I might not talk to you after high school but you are still so important to me. So thanks.

With that said, I truly hope that our paths cross one day in the future. You can tell me about how your brothers doing or how you regret the college you picked. Or maybe one day I’ll see you in the grocery store with a ring on your finger and I’ll be so happy you finally got what you deserved so many guys ago.

And if we ever do cross paths, I sincerely hope you became everything you wanted to be. I hope you traveled to Italy, got your dream job and found the love of your life. I hope you have beautiful children and a fluffy dog named Charlie. I hope you found success in love before wealth and I hope you depended on yourself for happiness before anything else. I hope you visited your mom in college and I hope you hugged your little sister every chance you got. She’s in high school now and you always tell her how that was the time of your life. I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.

And hey, maybe I’ll see you at the reunion and maybe just maybe you’ll remember my face. If so, I’d like to catch up, coffee?



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Pride? Pride.

Who are we? Why are we proud?


This past week, I was called a faggot by someone close to me and by note, of all ways. The shock rolled through my body like thunder across barren plains and I was stuck paralyzed in place, frozen, unlike the melting ice caps. My chest suddenly felt tight, my hearing became dim, and my mind went blank except for one all-encompassing and constant word. Finally, after having thawed, my rage bubbled forward like divine retribution and I stood poised and ready to curse the name of the offending person. My tongue lashed the air into a frenzy, and I was angry until I let myself break and weep twice. Later, I began to question not sexualities or words used to express (or disparage) them, but my own embodiment of them.

For members of the queer community, there are several unspoken and vital rules that come into play in many situations, mainly for you to not be assaulted or worse (and it's all too often worse). Make sure your movements are measured and fit within the realm of possible heterosexuality. Keep your music low and let no one hear who you listen to. Avoid every shred of anything stereotypically gay or feminine like the plague. Tell the truth without details when you can and tell half-truths with real details if you must. And above all, learn how to clear your search history. At twenty, I remember my days of teaching my puberty-stricken body the lessons I thought no one else was learning. Over time I learned the more subtle and more important lessons of what exactly gay culture is. Now a man with a head and social media accounts full of gay indicators, I find myself wondering both what it all means and more importantly, does it even matter?

To the question of whether it matters, the answer is naturally yes and no (and no, that's not my answer because I'm a Gemini). The month of June has the pleasure of being the time of year when the LGBT+ community embraces the hateful rhetoric and indulges in one of the deadly sins. Pride. Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, the figures at the head of the gay liberation movement, fought for something larger than themselves and as with the rest of the LGBT+ community, Pride is more than a parade of muscular white men dancing in their underwear. It's a time of reflection, of mourning, of celebration, of course, and most importantly, of hope. Pride is a time to look back at how far we've come and realize that there is still a far way to go.

This year marks fifty years since the Stonewall Riots and the gay liberation movement launched onto the world stage, thus making the learning and embracing of gay culture that much more important. The waves of queer people that come after the AIDS crisis has been given the task of rebuilding and redefining. The AIDS crisis was more than just that. It was Death itself stalking through the community with the help of Regan doing nothing. It was going out with friends and your circle shrinking faster than you can try or even care to replenish. Where do you go after the apocalypse? The LGBT+ community was a world shut off from access by a touch of death and now on the other side, we must weave in as much life as we can.

But we can't freeze and dwell of this forever. It matters because that's where we came from, but it doesn't matter because that's not where we are anymore. We're in a time of rebirth and spring. The LGBT+ community can forge a new identity where the AIDS crisis is not the defining feature, rather a defining feature to be immortalized, mourned, and moved on from.

And to the question of what does it all mean? Well, it means that I'm gay and that I've learned the central lesson that all queer people should learn in middle school. It's called Pride for a reason. We have to shoulder the weight of it all and still hold our head high and we should. Pride is the LGBT+ community turning lemons into lemon squares and limoncello. The lemon squares are funeral cakes meant to mourn and be a familiar reminder of what passed, but the limoncello is the extravagant and intoxicating celebration of what is to come. This year I choose to combine the two and get drunk off funeral cakes. Something tells me that those who came before would've wanted me to celebrate.

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