Beyoncé is the Pop Star we Want and the Pop Star we Need.
By Amanda Greeley | @amandagreeley | @TheBadBitches
First it's worth noting that I am not a member of the Beyhive. In fact, I had no idea what the Beyhive was until I went down an Internet rabbit hole reading about Lemonade a week or so ago.
If you've been in the dark like me, the Beyhive refers to the most diehard fans of the Queen Bee. Click here > (thebeyhive.tumblr.com) < for more information.
If I'm being honest, I'm far more familiar with Beyoncé's back catalogue than her more recent albums. I'm partial to the songs that transport me back to an earlier time in my life. Think Crazy in Love, '03 Bonnie and Clyde, Me, Myself, and I, and like most girls of a certain age, I know every word to Say My Name.
And because I live on planet Earth, I'm well-versed in Drunk In Love. The word surfboard has been forever changed and I'm not mad about it. Admittedly though, my mom (true story) is the one who first showed me the famous black and white music video and said, "Doesn't it look like she and Jay Z are having so much fun!?"
I can't disagree with the woman.
Still, even without being the biggest or most knowledgable Beyoncé fangirl, it's impossible to ignore her and it's really hard not to love her.
Beyoncé is the only person who can make me feel jealous of her and better about my own body at the same damn time. She single handedly turned thighs from something to be self-conscious of into something to celebrate. Suddenly wearing a leotard sounds like a great idea.
The power of pop music isn't necessarily even much about music at all. It's about pop's ability to say something to a massive audience. It reaches the young, the old, and even the people who try really hard to avoid it.
While I know a lot of women my age who 'love them some Bey', I'm more excited that girls ten or even twenty years younger than me are growing up in an era where Beyoncé is on top of the pop world. There was a time in my formative years when I watched a lot of music videos. I still remember seeing Madonna's Like a Prayer video at a young age and thinking, that was totally crazy and weird (it still is), but also kind of awesome.
Pop music is some of the broadest reaching art we have. A lot of it is terrible, but now and then we get a Beyoncé - someone who isn't afraid to inject some meaningful controversy into the mainstream. Lemonade gets downright dark and it's awesome - not only inspiring the next Beyoncé, but also the next Melina Matsoukas (she directed the Formation video).
I have no doubt that the world is a better place with all of Beyoncé's glittered-thigh-glory in it.