NB Commentary: Excellent article. Excellent!!!
I would add that it ain’t just black folks that only need tokens to feel they have got it all. The people overall have been manipulated, socially engineered, mind controlled, etc., into believing the little trinkets, drips and drops they get is the whole thing, to means they are cared for, or even needed. BEYONCÉ is just a symptom of a bigger anomaly that has overcome the masses. The “Cult Of Personality”.
She like her cohorts are the modern day Gods, and like the Gods of old, they only promise and promise and promise and threaten of course. But they are displaced authority, enchanted illusions, distorted creations of the human psyche. They are not real. So anything that she says as it relates to Black Empowerment has absolutely nothing to do with Black Empowerment or she would give more than a trinket to acknowledge Black Folks.
They keep saying that the masses are waking up, but it seems they are working feverishly to keep the folks’ finger on the snooze button.
Beyoncé- A Win for White Supremacy
Following her Grammy speech and performance, superstar Beyonce garnered abundant praise. Beyonce’s grammy performance portrayed Queen Bey in a manner that proved as royal as her title. Beyonce’s look seemed reminiscent of the queens of our indigenous homeland— a connection that did not go unnoticed by spectators. However, Beyonce garnered the most praise for something fans are not used to associating with Beyonce—loss.
Beyonce lost to Adele in the “Album of the Year” category. To most, this loss was inevitable due to a racially aware stance accompanying some tracks in her latest studio album Lemonade. Lemonade presented the contemporary world with all that has come to associate with Beyonce while intertwining a “woke” perspective not commonly aligned with the singer. The visual album featured the mothers of slain teens Trayvon Martin and Mike Brown and songs like “Freedom” that sought to paint Beyonce as an ally to the black collective in our time of turbulence. For these reasons, many regard Beyonce’s loss as a win. This is certainly the stance of Myles E. Johnson, author of popular New York Times article “What Beyonce Won Was Bigger than a Grammy.” The article referenced the price blacks who dare to exist outside the parameters of white conventionality pay as being overlooked if not ignored in terms of acknowledgment. For this assertion, Johnson is completely correct. However, does a few tracks on an album largely about relationships, infidelity, and love, place Beyonce in the same category of black activists like Assata Shakur, Angela Davis or singer-activists Nina Simone who unapologetically dedicated themselves to the plight of blackness in America?
Of course not.
If you can control a man’s thinking you do not have to worry about his action. When you determine what a man shall think you do not have to concern yourself about what he will do. If you make a man feel that he is inferior, you do not have to compel him to accept an inferior status, for he will seek it himself. If you make a man think that he is justly an outcast, you do not have to order him to the back door. He will go without being told; and if there is no back door, his very nature will demand one.