Should Beyoncé Write and Star in a Saartjie Baartman Movie?

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Queen B has done it again. However, this time I’m not too sure what her master plan is. Just in case, you’ve been living under a rock or haven’t gotten your weekly Beyhive newsletter, Beyoncé plans on writing and possibly starring in a film about Saartjie Baartman.

Saartjie Baartman was a South African woman who during the 18th and 19th century was sexually abused. In addition to this sexual violence, Baartmen was displayed in human zoos. After her death, ignorant scientists dissected her body, and it wasn’t until 1976 that her body cast was removed from display. Over time, Baartmen became the symbol of the sexual exploitation and fetishization of Black women and their bodies.

Even though, this movie could be an influential step toward representing the dark history of Black women’s body that the history books like to forget, it is still problematic. If there’s going to be a movie about Saartjie Baartman, then it has to be done right. It has to be a complete portrayal of her struggle while in a world that explicitly treated Black women as animals. The question that’s lingering on everyone’s tongue is whether or not Beyonce will be able to do it right?

There’s no denying that Beyonce is a household name. She’s an influential force that has sold millions of records. However, when people watch the film of Saartjie Baartmen, they’ll first watch Beyoncé on the screen and then they will see Saartjie Baartmen. This time around Beyoncé star power on the silver screen might distract the audience from Baartmen’s story.

Another question we have to ask—Is Beyoncé the right one to be telling this story?  There are hundreds of screenwriters and actresses who would jump at the opportunity to portray Baartman’s story on screen. Perhaps someone else who is sponsored by Beyonce can create the movie of a moment in history people try to forget.

Amy Poehler’s new show includes ‘joke’ about R Kelly urinating on Blue Ivy

 

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Oh Amy Poehler.There was once a time where I thought you were an ally in sisterhood. You have an organization aimed at helping and empowering young girls. Your character Leslie Knope in Parks and Recreation was a dedicated feminist who didn’t take no for an answer. Continue reading “Amy Poehler’s new show includes ‘joke’ about R Kelly urinating on Blue Ivy”

Beyoncé: The September Issue

 

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Beyoncé is on the cover of this year’s September Issue. Her body is poised like a queen rising from her throne. Her dark eyes stare at you and you’re left wondering why after 215 years of publication, there’ve only been three women of color on the September Issue. Sigh, that’s a question for another article. Continue reading “Beyoncé: The September Issue”

Love Your Body

 

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It’s hard shopping for clothes when you’re not a carbon copy of a mannequin. On some days going through sizes feels like you’re hunting for your glass slipper. When you’re trying to decide whether to buy a pair of pants that’ll have a shelf life of two months because of your chub rub, it can feel disheartening to be a Black girl who doesn’t have the body of Rihanna or Beyoncé. Continue reading “Love Your Body”

The Look for Less: Beyonce’s Out to NYC Office


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Beyonce was seen heading to her Parkwood Entertainment office in a Self Portrait camel ribbed dress yesterday in New York. Her midi length dress had a high split with a deep plunging V-Neckline. She paired  the dress with open toes shoes and pedicure to match. Continue reading “The Look for Less: Beyonce’s Out to NYC Office”

Tina Knowles Pens Open Letter To Beyoncé, Solange and Kelly for Mother’s Day

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Just in time for mother’s day, Tina Knowles Lawson has put a smile on our faces with a lovely letter written  for Time Magazine to her biological daughters, Beyoncé and Solange along with Kelly Rowland and her niece Angie whom she considers family.

In the heartfelt letter, Tina mentions that her girls have been there through the ups and downs as she regained her confidence after her divorce, uplifting her with their kindness, individuality and giving spirits. Give it a read below!

To Beyoncé, Solange, Kelly and Angie,

When I was asked to write an open letter to you, I thought about the hundreds of texts and emails that I have sent to you on holidays and on Sundays, when I ask you to say a prayer to thank God for each other. Every day, I wake up thinking about how much I love, admire and cherish each of you.

I gave birth to two of you, but I have four incredible daughters. Writing this brought to mind all the ways you guys have been such a blessing to me.

When I’m feeling sad or not-so-cute or maybe a little sorry for myself, and you all include me in your group chat and tell me how hot I still look or how cool I am. Maybe you send me a crazy YouTube video. What actually works best is a cute photo of my grandchildren.

I remember slumber parties after my divorce, when we watched old movies and ate a lot of ice cream. I felt so loved and supported. The roles were reversed, and it was ME who needed nurturing.

I remember my first date when every one of you weighed in on what I should wear.

The obvious things about all of you are apparent. You are all strong, beautiful, intelligent and smart businesswomen. You are so much more than that. You are all kind, generous and you treat people well. You are all amazing mothers, wives, daughters, sisters and friends. All of you have total self-respect.

Beyoncé, I wish people could see how you are when you’re not in front of the camera or on the stage. How compassionate and kind you are to people, how you look them right in the eye when you speak to them. How hard you work, how generous you are with your time and money. How you don’t care if anyone knows about it because you do it from the heart. I wish they could see you with the Make-A-Wish Foundation kids, how patient you are and how your love has helped to extend lives. Yes, you are a huge star, but you have somehow managed to stay grounded and humble in the wake of all your success.

Solange, I knew when you were born three days late that you would walk to the beat of your own drum. You were always my rebel warrior! Always defending the underdog and fighting for what you believe in. I remember you, at 10 years old, started a petition to remove a bad teacher, and your dad and I were so proud of you. I love that you do not let others define who you are, or what you are. Whether in your music, fashion or your life, you truly are your own incredible, unapologetic person! As tough as you are, you will drop everything to take care of someone you love.

Kelly, I know without a doubt that you were a true gift from God. You came to live with us when you were only 11 years old. You were the sweetest, most kind person I had ever met and you still are. You are also a true survivor. You never give up. Your discipline and drive always inspires me. You make me want to take better care of my body and constantly motivate me to exercise and take time for myself. You have the best listening skills and are a loyal friend to many. I’ve seen you take the jewelry off of your arm and give it to someone because you wanted to make them feel good.

Angie, you are my niece, but we have always been more like mother and daughter! You were always so mature, always challenging me and questioning why. (Fortunately I never believed in the “Because I said so” or “I’m the adult” crap, either.) I always trusted that you would look out for and protect Solange, Kelly and Beyoncé, and you did! You still do sometimes. You are so smart and perceptive, and you see through bullshit right away! You’ve always had our backs. Our own family fixer!! You know I call you Olivia Pope!!!!!

I’m often asked, what was my most proud moment? I would have to say it was at my recent wedding, when all four of you said in your own words that I taught by example and that I helped to make you the women you are today!!!! That was truly my proudest moment!

All my love,

Mom

 

Beyoncé Signs the Bailey Sisters to her Management Company

After two talented sisters nailed a cover of Beyoncé’s “Pretty Hurts,” the 17-year-old Chloe and 15-year-old Halle Bailey landed the chance of a lifetime by being signed by Bey’s management company, Parkwood Entertainment.

The New York Daily News reports that the aspiring singer-songwriter duo has been offered a multi-year contract that is being finalized in Manhattan Supreme Court. Belting out tunes since they were tiny, the Bailey sisters have recorded their own renditions of hits by John Legend and Ariana Grande. Their version of “Pretty Hurts has received over 8 million views on Youtube. They have also written their own songs that have been featured in movies like Last Holiday and Meet the Browns.

Chloe and Halle aren’t the only ones to get a little Bey loving– the queen also signed 16-year-old Sophie Beem.

Congrats ladies!