kinda feel like if i’d murdered someone i could confess in a text post and everyone would just scroll by because it wasn’t about beyoncé
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let’s all cherish this moment when many of us are consuming pop culture before it goes through (as it inevitably will) the grind mill of cynicism and shitty thinkpieces. on the internet time scale, that gives us literally hours. that’s the beauty of this thing, tbh: beyoncé dropping her album out of nowhere gives us the rare opportunity of accessing a musical work without having to dig through the mounds of verbal crap that have been shoveled onto it before more than a sprout of it has appeared above ground.
this does happen with anticipated albums that leak, which is certainly rare but not unprecedented, but what really makes the difference here is not that people are participating but who gets to, i.e. a much more diverse and democratic population.
(and as for your eye-rolling #i already see people reblogging op’s about radiohead doing this already, the obvious answer is “if it had worked for radiohead, you wouldn’t need to tell me about it”)
Plus, how unusual is it to drop the album not on a Tuesday?
I’m gonna guess “extremely” because it actively hurts first-week chart potential, but I don’t actually know. I do like that she’s above and beyond caring about chart performance.
"BEYONCE" is goddamn amazing.
So thankful we get to close out 2013 on a high note. This year we all saw how acceptable it is to ridicule, exploit, and disregard black women in the media. And a year in which mainstream feminism continued to tell us we’re not a part of its movement while capitalizing on our words and experiences.
So Beyonce packing her album with black girl affirmations, celebrating love and friendship and motherhood, sprinkled with black feminist theory isn’t just her standing up for herself. It’s a loud declaration that we matter, black women and girls matter.
We’re lucky to have her.
so Beyoncé releases ‘bow down’ and then the (white) internet decides she’s the enemy of feminism and then Beyoncé re-releases ‘bow down’ as ‘***Flawless’ with an interlude by African feminist author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie….
that’s… I mean… that is a level of genius I can’t wrap my brain around… dissertations can and should be written…