Early this year, Beyonce showed off her trendy, new approach to music with “Formation”, a song often referred to as an anthem for the black community. Not long after the release, Beyonce performed the song at the Superbowl as apart of the halftime show performance with Bruno Mars and headliner, Coldplay. This past weekend, Beyonce released, Lemonade, a short film with an album under the same name.
To some, this was another visual album, to others it was a visual representation of black womanhood. Like any artist, anything Beyonce does will be talked about on social media. Beyonce, as well as numerous artists, will have articles and thought pieces written about them. Whenever it comes to Beyonce and Rihanna, everyone all of a sudden becomes a writer for the New York Times. So to clear up any misconceptions, and for there to be enough room for people to bring actual substance to the conversation, here are 8 things to consider when you write a thought piece about Beyonce.
1. Have a sense of professionalism
Please, no more ratchet journalism, we don’t need anymore of it, and please PROOFREAD your published work.
2. If you’re going to use sources, make sure they are credible sources
No, a bias fan website, MediaTakeOut, or anything along those lines aren’t considered sources.
3. Leave the bias tone out of your article
We get it you love Beyonce, but keep it on a professional level, and not a slanderous one.
4. Stand by your statement and don’t contradict yourself
There’s going to be numerous articles on how Beyonce and “Lemonade” is an example of black womanhood, black unity, and black power. If this is going to be the topic of your thought piece, make sure in your article and/or in the future, you give other black women credit for doing the same thing. Also, stand up and stand by other black women just as hard as you do for Beyonce.
5. Don’t be counterproductive
On the note of black womanhood and black unity, don’t discredit other black women for something, then turning around and praising Beyonce for the same thing, AND YES THAT INCLUDES NOT DISCREDITING LAURYN HILL OR ERYKAH BADU BECAUSE THEY HAVE BABY DADDIES.
6. Leave the Fan Wars out of it
If you’re just writing and blogging because you want to compete in a fan war, don’t even bother. Write and blog because you want to add value to the conversation of art and journalism, not for attention.
7. Don’t divide black women, or black people in general
If someone doesn’t agree with what you wrote or agree with what Beyonce brought to the table, don’t shun them because of it. Have a discussion with that person, try to see their point of view, but don’t discredit what they have to say. As journalist, we have to sometimes agree to disagree. Discrediting someone’s opinion doesn’t do anything but influences fascism.
8. There’s no need to bring up Rihanna
I can’t stress enough. This Navy/Beyhive imaginary feud is old and has no real substance. What is this feud over anyway? I know for some of you this is hard to accept, but Rihanna is just as successful as Beyonce, and has just as much influence. I know this is also hard to believe, but there can be more than one successful black woman in the industry. You don’t have to belittle or downplay Rihanna’s success to uplift Beyonce. As a matter of fact, downplaying Rihanna to praise Beyonce shows that you’re not really pro-black at all; you’re in fact counterproductive and pro-Beyonce.
Happy writing everyone!