Beyonce’s Life is But A Dream premiered on HBO over the weekend and I have some feelings. I figured this would be fitting enough to end my unexpected blogging hiatus.
Beyonce has been a fiercely private person and this documentary is eye-opening. To see her talk about her life and what she has been through on her terms has made her seem more human. As I type this passage, a segment regarding her miscarriage and my heart sank to my stomach. I could feel the hurt eminating from the television and I hurt for her and any woman that has had to go through that experience. This documentary is refreshing so many levels. Viewers get to see her laugh, cry, curse, talk about sex and do stuff that regular women do.
Her Love For Women
Beyonce has never admitted to being feminist but it’s safe to say that she has some feminist leanings. Throughout the documentary her love for other women was so evident. She spoke on how important sisterhood was to her and how unfair it is for our society to be so patriarchal. She isn’t an academic. She isn’t a writer nor an activist but she was speaking some truth all up and through that documentary. I don’t think she gets the credit she deserves. For the past week, she has been blasted for calling her latest tour the “Mrs. Carter Tour” and I’m sure she will get dragged for it and that’s part of the reason I am writing this post. Not to stan. Not to make excuses and close a critical eye. I have and will continue to criticize figures like Beyonce but I also like to give props where props are due.
Her and Her Husband
The way she talked about him and their on-camera interactions were beautiful. She has been criticized heavily because people assume she bases her identity on what man she is attached to and honestly, I don’t see that at all. Black love is and always has been revolutionary act, especially PUBLIC black love. Day after day, I hear and see stories about how there aren’t black men to marry, black women aren’t marriageable and black love just doesn’t exist anymore. I could write a whole post about that and I probably will one day. I say all that to say, we need as many positive images and possible. Not to mention, it’s just nice to see how strong their love is.
I got so much from that documentary. It was inspiring. But enough of my emoting, I want to hear from you.
Did you watch Life Is But A Dream? What did you think?