Published on January 28th, 2013 | by thetoolsman54
Go to Beyonce, Consider Her Ways and Learn Wisdom
Hey people. Toolsman here welcoming everyone to another week. Trust we all had a good weekend and didn’t get too carried away in all the madness that ran through last week. So, sticking with the new format, I’ll run you guys through some of the stuff I’ve been reading/making headlines and then we’ll get into today’s Rush.
- Beyonce lip sync’d
- Olivia Pope (Scandal just wont go away)
- There’s a Black guy (Childish Gambino) on Girls
- Beyonce lip sync’d a song
- Kanye doesnt know how to play Words with friends (or he’s just gone back to school to learn new words)
- Brazilian Night Club Fire
- Beyonce lip sync’d the US National Anthem
For those who don’t know, last Monday, the United States of America celebrated two major events: the holiday of the civil rights pillar Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and the Presidential Inauguration of Barack Obama. During the inauguration, Beyonce was on hand to perform the US National Anthem. She had a great performance, and everyone generally approved…until a few days later when news got out that Beyonce lip sync’d the song.
What followed was some sort of (social) media backlash. There were tweets, status updates, articles all over the blogosphere, news features, memes and all sorts and I just sat back amazed by how much people were willing to troll something that wasn’t exactly new. I mean, I read a post written by a fellow blogger (Streetz) and he cited the following instances where other celebs lip synced.
- In 1991, Whitney Houston lip-synced her iconic interpretation of “The Star Spangled Banner” at the Super Bowl.
- Oscar-winner and former “American Idol” contestant Jennifer Hudson did the same thing with the anthem at the Super Bowl in 2009.
- Faith Hill also performed to a backing track for “America The Beautiful” at the same event in 2009.
If you go online and search you’ll get several other examples. It was particularly strange to me because those who know me know I’m not exactly a Beyonce fan. From her days with Destiny’s Children, I just always looked at her as the super privileged chic who rode on the creativity and talent of her wing-women into success-ville. (Yes, kill me not). Kelly was and will always be my favourite Destiny’s Child. Why? Bite me if you will but place Kelly and Bey side by side and maybe y’all will have a clearer understanding of what I and Sirkastiq (whose birthday is today by the way) mean by a “Regular” girl. Beyonce was far from regular, she had a privileged upbringing, going to private school, and living in a nice house, complete with housekeeper. She once said:
“I wasn’t doing (singing) because I didn’t have a choice or to support the family or because I had to get out of a bad situation. I just was determined.”
If you notice, I underlined the word “was” in the sentence above. Yes, I did this because over the years what I felt for Bey has slowly and gradually evolved from ‘indifference’ (Ok, maybe not indifference, she wasn’t my favourite then but I still admitted that she was the sexiest and any man would be privileged to bed her) to respect and even admiration. And this has nothing to do with selling out. When it comes down to it, I’ll still pick Kelly ahead of her but even then I’d like my Kelly to learn a thing or three from King Bey.
Many people think Bey and JayZ met and hooked up sometime in 2002 but if you dig deep enough you’ll discover they probably hooked up sometime in 1999 when she was about 19 and he was 31. Before you shout cradle robber or something like that, undisclosed sources have confirm that it was actually Bey that came on to Jay (Yeah, I’m allowed to call them that since we’re like family friends and all). At 19? You probably think she was infatuated and blah blah blah. In the past she had been linked to the likes of Pharell Williams and Mos Def and all of a sudden she went from putting out songs like Independent Woman and Survivor to Cater 2 U in which she sang about bringing her man his slippers and running his bath. But it’s OK, she wasn’t selling out her feminist side she was quoted in an interview saying:
“I feel it’s still very strong, because in order to be a strong woman, you have to have a strong man. There’s nothing wrong with women doing that for their man if their man deserves it and he does the same for you.”
After years and years of speculation, the couple finally came out, appearing at basketball games and featuring on singles together and then the media went crazy about prospects of them getting married. Rumours about a lavish wedding in the Caribbean Islands and all kinds of stuff surfaced but when Bey was cornered, she said:
“You can’t rush a man into anything – whether it’s a relationship, marriage or having children. When he’s ready, he’ll let you know”
And it wasn’t until April 4, 2008 when the media went crazy with news of their marriage in a top-secret ceremony in New York. Flowers and candelabras were seen being delivered to Jay’s Manhattan apartment and a tent was set up on the roof for the reception held there afterwards. And years later, there’s still not one leaked wedding photo to prove it even happened.
Four years, many awards and accolades later, they added their biggest trophy yet to their family. A baby girl – Blue Ivy, currently sitting at the top of the list of world’s most famous babies (and I’m sure Kate’s baby won’t move her). And this was after Bey was once quoted saying she would never have a baby after watching her sister, Solange give birth. Now before you think this is some sort of blogography of the Carters, let me get to the point.
Bey and Jay had very different backgrounds but even with her polished upbringing she knew she needed some not-so-polished elements if she wanted to take over the world. It wasn’t going to be easy, she needed to tone down the attitude, open up to seeing things from the other side of the coin, she didn’t lose herself, she didn’t lose her identity by going from Miss Independent to Miss Cater 2 U, she simply showed us, showed Jay, showed the world that she could compromise when necessary.
The Bey of 1999 – The bootylicious Bey would have probably thrown a big-ass lavish wedding but every time I watch the video for her single ‘Best thing you never had’, I almost always smile because I could imagine that was how close-knit her wedding was. It was small, fun and really looked good. She didn’t stop there; she went on to have a baby (even if there are still conspiracy theories around this) possibly against her wishes.
Of course I don’t know any of these things for sure. I just did my research online and drew up conclusions but from what I’ve seen, Beyonce may not have started out as our definition of “regular” but she has shown she can adapt. You might say it’s all for her selfish interest, after all, being with Jay has helped her climb faster to the top. To that I’ll say aren’t we all a little selfish? She did what she had to do and I’m sure we can all point out one or two people who have done worse things just to see their dreams come true. A lot of women out there idolize her and claim her as a model but I look at them and wonder, what exactly are they idolizing? What are they really learning from her? Is it just the fashion statements? Her carriage? She’s now hosting and dining with the President, buying lavish gifts for her man and causing a media raucous just because she did something so many people have done in the past. I don’t know about you but it seems King Bey is well on her way and right about now, I would like my Kelly to go learn from her.
Ok, so it’s time to hear from you. Do you agree with my views on Beyonce? Do you think her transformation is a form of adaptation, a means to an end? If so, for the ladies, would you be willing to do the same? For the guys, have you always been a fan of Bey? Tell us why you like her (apart from the obvious) and something you’d like your women to learn from her. Use the comment box to express you. Cheers.