I just watched E-News (as one does) and saw that there's an apparent hoo-haa about Beyonce's latest cover on the French fashion Bible, Koran and Torah put together, L'Officiel. I then ran to my computer, did a bit of research and saw that there are some rather unhappy folk who are "upset" that Beyonce, according to them, is emulating or channeling the severely offensive tactics of white Americans in early 19th Century theatre and performance - Blackface, where white people would paint themselves dark brown and act the fool while portraying black people.
I think that these images:
Have very little to do with that old school mentality that inferred that the black man and woman was only servile and existed to give credence to the notion that white is right and any other race is beneath that supreme realm. Beyonce is black for god's sake and she painted her face as a way to pay homage to and channel Fela Kuti (which good living artist of today hasn't?), and I guess referenced Nigerian cultural nuances in her dress and makeup. Some are saying this is degrading to real Africans, HOW? Because it shows just how dark we are? That some of us paint our faces all "tribal"? Even if that was pure fabrication, I still would'nt be offended because the execution of the idea, which Grace Jones amongst other artists has done, is incredible. If this was a white person doing this, I think I would be a little offended because being black is not about skin colour, it's a state of mind, to paraphrase Biko.
Only black people (a term you could debate all night but basically any black person including mixed ones), can relate fully to what connects a lot of black people around the world, and because of that, there is a certain "ownership to blackness" that only black people can own. It's exactly the same thing as black people calling each other the niggas, a semantic "privilege" that only belongs to black people.
I didn't mean to get so deep about this but I'm glad I have. That is all I have to say. I think she looks amazing because she is boldly portraying the unapologetic and gaudy beauty of Africa and African women. The fact that she left the rest of her body in her natural colour, makes more of a statement about the black race in relation to the rest of the world. If you don't get it, that's fine but don't jump on a silly bandwagon that claims to never listen to a Beyonce song again because of this. Wipe your tears! I really wish I could write out the venomous sound of a Nigerian woman full of contempt, that dragged out Mmmmcccccxxxxhhhhhww!