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Transcript of Beyoncé
Beyoncé, born Beyoncé Giselle Knowles in Houston, Texas on September 4, 1981, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, actress, choreographer, and fashion designer. She's 32, married to hip hop artist Jay Z, and has a daughter named Blue Ivy.
Recognized by Forbes as the first “Most Powerful and Influential Musicians in the World”
Named the “World’s Most Beautiful Woman” by People Magazine
Has won 17 Grammy Awards
One of the best-selling music artists of all time
The highest-earning black musician in history
Included in Time magazine's list of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2013
in 2014, she was named the most influential person in the world by Time
"Beyonce dated, married, THEN got pregnant... young ladies take notes"
after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Beyoncé and Kelly Rowland founded the Survivor Foundation to provide transitional housing for victims in the Houston area
On March 5, 2010, Beyoncé and her mother Tina opened the Beyoncé Cosmetology Center at the Brooklyn Phoenix House
participated in George Clooney and Wyclef Jean's Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief telethon
Beyoncé became an ambassador for the 2012 World Humanitarian Day campaign
taking part in "Miss a Meal", a food-donation campaign, and supporting Goodwill charity through online charity auctions at Charitybuzz that support job creation throughout Europe and the U.S.
“She launches the album with the vulnerable and powerful “Pretty Hurts”, a journey into societal expectations for perfection. She shows us how “perfection is a disease of a nation” that keeps us from examining our souls (which we can’t “see”) and yet we focus so much on the external “surgery” in our desire to construct the perfect self. She asks us to look at the ways in which we hurt ourselves in our hunger for external validation while our souls suffer: “When you’re alone all by yourself / and you’re lying in your bed / [and your] illusion has been shed / are you happy with yourself?” she asks.” - Gcobani Qambela
“She starts the song by telling (presumably) young women that she knows that when they were little girls they dreamt of being in her world, and that they should never forget that and hence they (“bitches”) should “bow down”. She further affirms that no one should ever think she is (presumably) Jay-Z’s “little wife / don’t get it twisted / [this is] my shit”. While this might be interpreted as aggressive, misogynistic and shallow, Adichie comes in to remind us:“We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller. We say to girls you can have ambition, but not too much. [Girls] should aim to be successful, but not too successful or otherwise you will threaten the man … but why do we teach girls to aspire to marriage and we don’t teach boys the same?” she asks.”