To make a long story short, Beyoncé owned the 2016 MTV VMAS. With every performance, Queen Bey makes it hard not to address her as such. Her Lemonade performance was outstanding, but what won me over was her red carpet appearance.
Beyoncé invited the cast of her visual album Lemonade to accompany her last night, including the Mothers of the Movement Leslie McSpadden (mother of Michael Brown), Gwen Carr (mother of Eric Garner), Wanda Johnson (mother of Oscar Grant) and Sybrina Fulton (mother of Trayvon Martin). Bey and The Mothers served as an ode to Black women’s strength everywhere. It was a symbolic reminder that spoke to our truths and ills being the vehicles that propel us forward. Right as the memories of those who’ve been slain formed in my mind, images of Bey and Blue reminded me of how soft and carefree Black motherhood can be when given the chance.
Beyoncé is a hardworking talent, but this display spoke directly to her vulnerable side, causing me to apply for BeyHive membership.
Part of Lemonade.
Mother of the Movement from l to r: Leslie McSpadden (mother of Michael Brown), Gwen Carr (mother of Eric Garner), Wanda Johnson (mother of Oscar Grant) and Sybrina Fulton (mother of Trayvon Martin).
Beyoncé and Blue Ivy serving mother-daughter fairy realness.
I missed her live performance by 3 minutes, but caught the full show this morning on Facebook. I was so into it, I put my mother on hold for 4 minutes and 35 seconds just so I could finish it without another interruption. Beyoncé is both King and Queen of pop music and there’s nothing you can do about it even if you tried.
Her stage presence was impeccable. Her wardrobe changes were fantastical. Her vocal ability is undeniable. Her leadership skills are commanding. Her strategic vision is unwavering. Her artistic dedication to the movement is admirable. And her reminder to America that she is Black is deliberate!
Get your soul stirring this afternoon with Beyoncé’s outstanding VMA takeover.
Thanks for the “Lemonade,” Beyoncé.
Posted by MTV on Sunday, August 28, 2016
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Ariel C. Williams is the Editor-in-Chief of Slay Culture and author of The Girl Talk Chronicles (Amazon). Sound parenting, storytelling without bounds, and providing a space where Black women and Black boys (like she and her son) are celebrated for their greatness are things that keep her going. Tweet her @ArielSaysNow.