Beyonce graced the cover of Vogue magazine for the September edition. To capture the brilliance of this moment, one could start by mentioning the fact that she enlisted Vogue‘s very first, black cover photographer. But that was not all; Beyonce proceeded to give one of the most empowering, compassionate, and insightful interviews I’ve ever read. She talked about her survival for her very life during the birthing complications of her pregnancy with her twins Sir and Rumi. She also talked about loving and caring for herself during her postnatal stages of the pregnancy, and not bending to the pressure to beat herself into ‘six-pack’ shape so soon after her delivery. The topic later came to her perspectives on raising her children, and this is where things got deep. She talked about surrounding her daughters with affirmation and representations of black female excellence at the society’s highest levels in order to instill a strong sense of self-confidence in them. On the subject of raising her only son, she described her desire to instill in Sir a high emotional intelligence and strong values of honesty and decency to counter society’s expectations of manhood. Things got even deeper when she discussed her lineage, being traced to a slave owner who fell in love with his slave, and she described this as a precursor to a curse of abusive relationships between men and women in her family line. She believes the coexistence of Sir and Rumi in her womb to be representative of the first reconciliation of male and female energies within her bloodline – the breaking of a generational curse….Can we get an Amen, church?
This interview was really Beyonce at her finest. To start she made way for the first black, Vogue cover photographer, and she shared pieces of wisdom that can change lives. I’m trying not to fangirl too hard for you guys but this woman is Black Excellence.