Baines Knowles-Carter made a strong statement about the Black Lives Matter movement and sexuality in the music industry during YouTube’s “Favorite Virtual Graduation of 2020” on Saturday.
The singer began by congratulating the high school seniors who persevered for an unprecedented time in the country.
“Congratulations to the class of 2020, you have come here in the midst of a global crisis, a racial epidemic and a global outcry over the senseless killing of another unarmed black man. And you still made it, we’re proud of you, ”he said.
Beyonc highlighted the Black Lives Matter protests that took place across the country.
“Thank you for using your united voice and for letting the world know that black life is important. The murders of George Floyd, Ahmed Arberry, Brecona Taylor and many more have broken us all. It has left the whole country searching for answers. We have seen our united Heart, the wheel of change can start when positive action is taken. Real change has started with you, we celebrate this new generation of high school and college graduates today, “he said.
He also touched on the sexuality that is still prevalent in the music industry and how he had to chart his own path to success.
“It’s still very male-dominated and as a woman, I knew what I had to do – my table, and the management company, weren’t given enough opportunities for female role models to direct my films and produce my tours. Ownership, my owners Ownership, ownership of my industry, ownership of my future, and writing my own story meant that there weren’t enough black women at the table, so I had to go and cut the wood and make my own table. The men were outsiders, underdogs, ignoring people and waiting to be seen, ”he said.
He touched on how race and gender have participated in music corporations, ignoring some talented candidates.
“Many of the best creative and business people, who are highly skilled and talented but have resigned as officials in big corporations and they were women or because of racial discrimination. And I was very proud to give them a place at my table. For many years one of the main purposes of my art has been to showcase the beauty of blacks to people around the world, our history, our uniqueness and the value of black lives. I have tried my best to draw a veil of satisfaction to those who may feel uncomfortable with our excellence, ”he said.
“Young women, to our future leaders, know that you are going to change the world. I see you have everything you need in the world. Do those energy moves. Be nice. And to young kings, lean towards your weaknesses and redefine masculinity. Lead with the heart. There are many different ways to shine. I believe you and every human being are born with a great gift. Don’t let the world make you feel like you have to see a certain way to be brighter. And neither do you have to talk in any particular way to be brilliant. But you have to spread your gift around the planet in such a way that you can prove it. “
“To those who feel different. If you are part of a group called ‘Others’, a group that doesn’t get a chance to be the center stage, create your own stage and force them to show you. Your curiosity is beautiful, your blackness is beautiful. Your sympathy, your understanding, your fight is beautiful for people who may be different than you I hope you go into this world and show them that you will never stop being yourself. It’s your turn now, let them see you. “
The day-long celebration honors the graduate seniors who were unable to attend the launch in person due to the coronavirus epidemic. It features words of encouragement from Barack and Michelle Obama, BTS and Lady Gaga, as well as music performances by Chloe X Haley, Lizo and New York Philharmonic and Katy Perry.
“Favorite Class of 2020” is just one of many virtual graduation ceremonies held to celebrate the class of 2020. Originally scheduled for June, the “Favorite Class of 2020” was postponed for a day in honor of George’s Memorial. Floyd, who died May 25 at the hands of Minneapolis police.
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