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Women LOVE Beyoncé

Women LOVE Beyoncé

There are brands re cognized by the masses as representing sustained quality. Brands that by name evoke emotions one way or the other; Coke, Nike, Beyoncé, to name a few. Yes, she's a brand and you'll rarely find someone who's indifferent about either of the 3; namely Bey.

Beyoncé has her finger on the pulse of the culture, her foot on the neck of competition, and her mark on the heart of many. She represents the voice of confident women everywhere who won't dim their lights to appease the naysayers. She gives our young black girls a great representation in a world that too often tells them what they can't do. She's charisma personified.

Bey has a way with music that always seems to capture those moments women go through while feeling like, "this only happens to me"; only to hear the perfect quotable from her to help you through. Songs like "Flaws And All", which is my personal favorite from her, help women who have a hard time otherwise express themselves to their understanding partner for unconditional love. The type of love they may not be use to, so they can't quite find the way to express appreciation. Even if she isn't always the sole writer, as no R&B/Pop artist usually is, she's the perfect vessel.

For us men, we have Jay-Z to look to when it comes to those quotables and life lessons. The same Jay-Z who says, "my wife Beyoncé, I brag different…" The same Jay-Z who said he hit the lottery when he got her. I grew up listening to Hov and I heard Big Pimpin’, the whole "me give my heart to a woman? Not for nothing, never happen..." spiel. Now we see Hov nestled up in the fetal next to her feet. He couldn't deny she had the glow and together his favorite hue became their baby, Blue. Black excellence if I've ever seen such.

Sometimes we look at an artist's fan base and judge said artist off of the relationship they have with their fans. Bey has the Beyhive, and it's almost like people shun them for expressing their love for her. Can it be so over the top on social media that sometimes it's overwhelming and you can't speak about Bey without being attacked? Absolutely. But when you step back and see that for what it is, we should be happy a woman is being praised and protected this much during a time where that's all any woman wants. I have daughters and a wife that I praise and protect the same way I want the world to.

I'm no "Stan", nor do I reside in the hive, but I love Beyoncé. Lemonade is her most personal work to date and I respect her handle for it. She has a very attractive big toe, and that means a lot to me as well (SUE ME). Before the social media wave, I knew women who would absolutely go to bat for Beyoncé no matter what; this isn't just an all of a sudden phenomenon. It's one that I can admire and appreciate. Too often we hear "honor the greats while they're still here" without doing it; here are the roses.

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We NEED Socially Conscious TV/Film

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YOU GOT BLACK PEOPLE FUCKED UP