Intersectionality: Beyoncé Feminism

Beyoncé: Country activist, Southern belle, Black feminist, philanthropist, capitalist, historian, musician at the 2014 MTV Awards.

“When the Levee Breaks,” Memphis Minnie and Kansas Joe McCoy (1929):

“When the Levee Breaks,” Led Zeppelin, 1971:

Beyoncé samples the Zeppelin version in “Don’t Hurt Yourself,” off Lemonade (2016):

She also samples a 1962 speech by Malcolm X:

In the official video for “Formation,” we see what happens when the levee actually breaks:

Beyoncé performing “Daddy Lessons” with fellow Texans The Chicks (then known as The Dixie Chicks) in 2016:

The backlash, remembered a few years later:

The official video for “Daddy Lessons,” which mixes footage of a New Orleans “jazz funeral” with grainy video that evokes country blues imagery of the early 20th century.

“Freedom,” also from Lemonade.

“Accountability,” from the visual album.

What is “Beyoncé Feminism”?

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