I loved Bey’s performance at the GRAMMYs on Sunday. I loved it even more because one of the two songs performed, was co-written by my good friend Ingrid Burley!
Some people are saying that Bey’s look was inspired by the Yoruba goddess Oshun. The Yoruba people are “descendants from variety of West African communities” who are “united by geography, history, religion and most importantly language.” The main countries where the Yoruba people live are Nigeria, Togo and Benin. In their religion, Oshun is the “goddess of water, fertility, motherhood, and the passing of the generations.” This deity is also responsible for blessing women with twins. As you [may] know, Bey is pregnant with twins. For more information on the Yoruba, click here.
I’ve always loved Bey, but I love her even more for continuing to use her platform to help [re]awaken the psyche of Africans, especially those living in the United States of America.
More pics from her performance are below:
Source: Aminu Abubakar. “Bomb Bast Kills Dozens In Nigerian City Of Yola.” CNN. November 18, 2015. http://edition.cnn.com/2015/11/18/africa/nigeria-blasts/index.html.
WTF?!? Actor Boris Kodjoe posted this picture a few days ago on his facebook and was outraged by the extremely little coverage the U.S. media gave to the killing of [possibly] 2,000 Nigerians by the “Islamic militants from Boko Haram,” while giving non-stop coverage to the 17 killings by “Islamist gunmen” at French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo [and other sites] and its aftermath [which included a march involving leaders from all over the world with hundreds of thousands of protesters in Paris]. Something in me is just not buying it all and it feels more like propaganda than anything — to put fear and hate in our hearts against our Muslim brothers and sisters. How does someone even get away with killing 2,000 people and why didn’t the U.S. immediately come to their aid since they claim they are so concerned about Africa’s well being or adequately inform its citizens about this tragic event!!??!! [Same question can be raised regarding the U.S.’s refusal to give the “cure” for ebola to those suffering from the disease in West African.] And why is the world more concerned about the tragedy in Paris, while saying very little about what is happening in Nigeria?!? The reason these types of things are CONTINUING to happen, is because #blacklivesDONOTmatter.
As I was writing this post, I came across an article published by BBC writer Will Ross titled “Boko Haram Crisis: Why It’s Hard to Know the Truth In Nigeria.” You should check it out. Published on January 13, 2014, it can be read here: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-30794829.
Source: Ta-Nehisi Coates. “The Social Construction of Race.” The Atlantic. May 17, 2013. http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2013/05/the-social-construction-of-race/275974/.
Source: “New Report Out of Africa is that Ebola is Fake and That It Was Manufactured by the Red Cross.” October 14, 2014. http://mediatakeout.com/257225/new-report-from-out-of-africa-is-saying-that-ebola-is-fake-and-that-it-was-manufactured-by-the-red-cross-hmmmmm.html.
Somewhere in the crush this year of front page international stories featuring large numbers of victims – the Korean ferry disaster, the Malaysia Airlines disappearance – a mass abduction of more than 200 girls earlier this month has somehow garnered considerably less media attention. Where are the girls now? And does the rest of the world care about their fate?
It’s been two weeks since 234 Nigerian girls were abducted, allegedly by the militant Islamist group Boko Haram, from the Government Girls Secondary School in the Sambisa Forest. The Borno state schools closed three weeks ago because of what the Guardian describes as “an increasing number of attacks by militants who have killed hundreds of students in the past year,” but the girls had been called back to do a physics exam. On April 14, their kidnappers broke into the school, killed two guards, and loaded the girls into trucks and drove off. Between 30 and 50 girls are believed to have escaped. The rest of the girls, mostly aged between 16 and 18, remain missing.
Last week, some of kidnapped girls’ parents came forward to say that Boko Haram, whose name means “Western education is a sin” or “Western education is forbidden,” have threatened to kill them and their daughters. Reports from the Borno-Yobe People’s Forum say that villagers in the Sambisa Forest have claimed the girls are being taken across the country’s borders and sold into marriage to Boko Haram militants for the U.S. equivalent of $12. On Wednesday, hundreds of demonstrators, mostly female, marched through the rain to protest what they say has been a lack of action on the part of the Nigerian government to find and return the girls. Organizer Hadiza Bala Usman expressed her exasperation to the BBC, saying, “It is not clear why the rescue operation is not making headway considering the fact that there’s a clear idea of the perimeter area where these kids were taken in the first week: to the Sambisa forest.”