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:
I’ve read earlier works from each author, so I’m excited to start reading these books!
Source: Richard King, M.D. African Origin of Biological Psychiatry. 1990.
As a footnote to the first sentence, Williams states: ” Earlier dates, such as 4500 B .C ., are also given and accepted by many authorities; for conflicting dates do appear in ancient records. I do not debate the point.”
Source: Chancellor Williams. The Destruction of Black Civilization. pg. 39. 1971.
Source: “”Chris Rock On Finding The Thin Line Between Funny and ‘Too Far.'” NPR. December 8, 2014. http://www.npr.org/2014/12/08/368753758/chris-rock-on-finding-the-line-between-funny-and-too-far.
Source: Dr. Frances Cress-Welsing. The Isis Papers: The Keys to the Colors. pg. 255. 1991.