The Power of Beyonce – Grammys 2017
Written by Adaria McGill
Beyoncé. Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter. Daughter of Célestine Beyincé. Mother of Blue Ivy and 2 others still being nurtured in their mother’s womb. Asé.
In her 7th Grammy performance, Beyoncé created an atmosphere of supreme healing on that stage, an atmosphere which resembled an altar. Where one can lay their burdens down and accept their healing. The spoken poetry of Warsan Shire honoring the labor of love and physical manipulation by our mothers to bring us into the world. Ushering reverence in the lineage, their efforts, their love, and their light as it reflects through us as we continue the journey of our ancestors through our lives.
Beyoncé inspires me to celebrate my being as a Black woman. To join in communion with my sisters, nurture and be nurtured by them, to uplift and promote positive images and reflections of ourselves for those that come after us to experience the model and strength of our community. “We all experience pain and loss and often we become inaudible,” the oppressive environment of living in a patriarchal antiblack world as a Black woman is an act of resistance. We embody so much trauma in our bodies that we never release or don’t have an outlet to release that trauma. And it stays within us causing to health problems, manifesting as stress, works like Lemonade and A Seat At The Table are albums where that trauma can be released musically. Swaddled in the presence of love and affirmation, allowing us the freedom to let go of past hurts caused by past loves who didn’t want to put in the work required to love, by the systemic reverberations that leave us to redirect our plan of action to achieving our goals, the negative self affirmations that leave us with doubt about our own brilliance and beauty.
“It’s important to me to show images to my children that reflect their beauty so they can grow up in a world where they look in the mirror-first through their own families, as well as the news, the Super Bowl, the Olympics, the White House, and the Grammys, and see themselves. And have no doubt that they’re beautiful, intelligent, and capable.”
Our existence is cause for celebration Black girl, take part in the communion you have with others that honor the legacy from which you’ve came. Those that hold the journey of our ancestors and the pain they had to endure with sorrow and reverence, for without their sacrifices our lives wouldn’t be possible, and because of their resistance still we rise. You are capable, intelligent, and beautiful and I cannot wait to see what wonders you do in the world.
“There is a curse that will be broken, one thousand girls raise their arms. Now that reconciliation is possible. If we’re gonna heal, let it be glorious.”