Beyonce, bell hooks & The Audacity of Lemonade

I come to this post not as a member of the Beyhive but as a young critical thinker questioning the validity of the charges levied  against Beyonce by bell hooks in her latest essay "Moving Beyond Pain" . Here my fantasism for Knowles-Carter and deep seated respect for hooks are in violent collision because while hooks taught me about the political and historical implications of my hair and my complexion, Beyonce has taught me how to operate as a black woman in this creative, capitalist industry. Both of these women are feminists, both are important to me but in this instance bell hooks' unrelenting, militant stance of undermining Beyonce's feminism finds itself akin to Piers Morgan's delirious reading of Lemonade.

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