February is commonly known as the month of love due to it’s holiday, Valentine’s Day. What some people forget is that it is also Black History Month. Yes, black contributions and accomplishments should be celebrated everyday. Yet, this month allows it to be an highlight rather than a footnote. With that being said, Black History Month of 2016 has been very eventful and controversial. As a black female, I am extremely proud and supportive of the recognition and accomplishments that have been displayed thus far.
Whether you were intending to, it would be kind of hard to not be aware of the black pride that is being proclaimed this month. Reason being is majorly due to celebrities like Kendrick Lamar and Beyonce using mainstream media as outlets for their voice. For the past few years, the struggle of the African American population has constantly been the talk of current events. Strides and accomplishments of black individuals don’t negate the struggle but definitely requires the same recognition. In this post, I want to shed light on the good and the bad. Black History Month is perfect to detail the struggle but also just as fitting to give recognition to current day history makers. Let’s proceed…..
SuperBowl 50- Beyonce’s Half Time Performance
This year, Beyonce dropped a new song, Formation, right before her Superbowl half time performance. The lyrics of the song are actually just a reflection of her self love and appreciation of her heritage. She states she loves her “baby hair with baby hair and afros”. While people cried out how controversial this song was, it actually was just a catchy song that allowed Bey to celebrate her family, self, man, and heritage.The true controversy came from her performance at the Superbowl. In homage to the 50th Anniversary of the Black Panther Party, Beyonce showed up singing her song of self love with a group of females dressed to the “T” as Black Panthers. Last time I checked, loving your self and your history wasn’t hurting anybody contrary to the outcry heard following this performance. Either way, this was a win for Black History Month. Her cultural appreciation and black history tribute to a group vital to the black movement on the primetime TV at one of the biggest American events definitely deserves more than a couple of snaps hunty!
Kendrick Lamar 2016 Grammy Performance
This year, I actually didn’t watch the Grammys.Unfortunately, it lost out to the TV vote in my house. Yet, the next day’s buzz of Kendrick’s performance was more than enough for me to go searching for an online video of his performance. When I tell you it was powerful artistry, I mean it! He literally left me speechless.Only an overtly ignorant person could find issue with this man documenting and detailing the struggle of not only the black man but also black people. He effectively included genres like Jazz into his performance while also capturing African dance and music on stage. His performance was a compilation of then & now. It was blending of where we came from to what we are dealing with currently. I mean, how can you argue with history? The man was spitting straight truth. Let’s give Kendrick a standing ovation if I do say so myself 🙂
ABC’s New Network President
During this month came history in the making. ABC network selected a black network president who also happens to be a female (woot woot!) to replace the previous position holder. This black female, Channing Dungey, made history as she is the network’s first black network president. Since her introduction to the network in 2009, Channing has had her hands in the rise of the network’s hits such as “Scandal” and “How to Get Away with With Murder”. I salute this woman with both female solidarity and black pride. Go head girl!
The month is coming to an end but it definitely isn’t over yet. I look forward to seeing what happens in the remainder of this month. I’ll be on the lookout. Closing out, I thought I’d leave you guys with a video of our black president Barack Obama and his lovely wife Michelle bringing some humor to Black History Month.