Sunday, December 15, 2013

Thank you, Beyoncé!

The new Beyoncé album has a song called "***Flawless" which features words from a speech by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, an amazing feminist author from Nigeria. I wanted to hear the whole speech and I was happy to find it as a TED Talk. I think the points Ms. Adichie brings up have a lot to do with what we've been talking about in class, especially about gender norms. I really like how she talks about making change through educating the youth and changing gender perceptions at a young age for men and women.

1 comment:

  1. Celia,
    Thank you for this find! I thought the TED talk by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie brought up a unique perspective, since she spoke of gender issues on an international scale, touching upon some of the inherent differences within the African American tradition that aims to preserve Black masculinity. Her voiceover in the new Beyoncé song "***Flawless" were some of the most powerful words I've heard. I also found it interesting that the beginning and end of "***Flawless" features a clip from Beyoncé's childhood, when she lost the Star Search show to another group composed entirely of males. You can read more about Beyoncé's reasons for including this clip in her music video here: