President Obama praises Beyonce

Wednesday night, Jay-Z and Beyoncé hosted a $40,000 per ticket fundraiser for President Obama’s reelection campaign. The “wildly successful” event was held at Jay-Z’s 40/40 club in Manhattan and included over 100 supporters. While the evening added another $4 million to the campaign coffers, it was the President’s comments about Beyonce that got everyone talking.

During a candid moment, President Obama spoke glowingly of the pop diva.

“Beyoncé could not be a better role model for my girls,” Mr. Obama told the crowd, adding, “she carries herself with such class and poise and has so much talent.”

Despite being a very private person, Beyoncé has been an ardent supporter of the Obamas. She teamed up with Mrs. Obama for the First Lady’s “Let’s Move” campaign and she and Jay-Z have also donated handsomely to the President’s reelection efforts.

Despite once rapping about being a “Black Republican,” Jay-Z has been firmly committed to Team Obama.  During the event the President thanked the couple for their friendship, and even went on to joke with Jay-Z, saying, “We both have daughters, and our wives are more popular than we are. So, you know, we’ve got a little bond there. It’s hard, but it’s okay.”

Despite the President’s endorsement of Beyoncé, many have wondered if she should be considered a role model at all.

Some have pointed to her sexy lyrics, blonde weave, and “Bootyliciious” appeal as to why Beyoncé shouldn’t be considered role model material, but as I stated on a friend’s Facebook status about the President’s comments, young girls could do a whole lot worse.

While I understand the willingness to want to promote a certain type of woman as the “proper” role model for girls, I don’t see why young women can’t look up to a multitude of women, finding inspiration in them all.

What’s wrong with a young woman loving Michelle Obama, Maya Angelou, and Beyoncé all at once, pulling from each woman the qualities she hopes to possess?

Growing up, I was drawn to both James Baldwin and Nas’ adept storytelling and consider both to be major inspirations on my work. I didn’t feel compelled to choose a “proper” verses a “hip” role model, I loved them both equally, and learned how to craft a compelling story from each man.

Though I am not a Beyoncé stan, I recognize that she possesses many qualities young girls might just want (and need) to possess—dedication, drive, loyalty, and charisma. And while many young women witness dysfunctional relationships on a daily basis, perhaps seeing Jay-Z’s adoration of his wife will show them how a man should treat his partner.

Beyoncé is certainly not perfect, but in a sea of grotesque reality show depictions and negative stereotypes about black women, looking up to King Bey might just be what many young ladies need.

What do you think of President Obama’s comments? 

  • apple

    obama is quite right.. i mean beyonce pretty much has obtained a flawless persona..while all celebs have at least one scandal, besides that whole kicking out members of destiny child over 10 years ago.. i can’t think of one..there is no doc of her cursing and carrying on, being rude,doing drugs,she had her baby in wedlock,shes ladylike and she has a successful career… the girl is pretty much perfect in the eyes of the media.. i do wonder if it will last,because everyone slips up once..but so far for beyonce no so yea i would say shes a great rolemodel..

  • http://cupofjo-jo.blogspot.com bk chick

    The problem is the credibility of his statement. Of course he says she’s a role model, they just helped raise a shit ton of money! would Obama say all that if they weren’t helping raise money?? who knows, but the timing makes it look like he’s only saying it to schmooze to the money folk. Also, wayytoo much emphasis on looking up to celebrities as role models. Everyone has faults and the shit some celebs do behind closed doors is jaw dropping. People don’t need role models as much as they just need a strong moral center and an understanding that everything that glitters is not gold.

  • Starla

    At the end of the day we need to support each other. I am happy that Jay and Bey are using their influece and connection to help Pres. Obama.

    Beyonce is a good role model; in that, she has a strong work ethic and is a high achiever. Most parents hope as much for their own daughters. As for her lack of education, I am sure the Obamas will ensure their daughters get one.

    I am glad the fundraiser was a success.

  • Cee Cee

    I love that picture! Bey looks so classy and happy! You hit three of my favorites…Maya Angelo, First Lady Michelle and Bey! All different types and all amazing!!

  • ?!?

    Naw…..I really like Beyonce, but she is not a good role model unless you only let your kids listen to certain songs and never watch many of her music videos. I admire her work ethic. She seems classy and hardworking, but the content of her work is not really role model material. Michelle Obama is a good role model. Condoleeza Rice and Oprah are role models. Not being a stereotype? Beyonce is famous and has a career for essentially embodying the black female stereotype of the Jezebel. Well, sex sells these days, and any female musician is most likely selling it whether it’s Beyonce, Katy Perry, or Britney Spears.

    But no….I don’t think he should have said that. I don’t know why he keeps saying things like this. If Mitt Romney were to say Britney Spears pre-nervous breakdown with no scandals was a good role model, I would have thought he was crazy.

    I understand that it’s a performance, and she seems classy underneath it all, but what girls see IS the performance. This is not quite as bad as Nicki Minaj though.

  • ?!?

    BTW that is a lovely dress, and she looks beautiful in that photo.

  • http://ellemk.wordpress.com LorriK

    Hard one. Image is everything so we like to chalk up the sex kitten part as just entertainment. I’d be curious to know what the girls admire about her. Is it her looks? That she sings and dances? Or that she helps fundraise for dad. Depends on what they value most.

  • LaNubiana

    I’m so glad this fundraising was successful. However, beyonce a role model to daughters? I can respect his statement but I personally don’t agree. My mother and father, my community and religous leaders, my brothers and sisters, my teachers and professors etc… Have been and still are my role models. I believe celebrities are just for entertainment as I cannot relate to them, don’t know their every day lives, and because most of their actions are contrived.

  • Iwo Rivera

    That’s fine with me! It’s much better to have Beyoncé as such a natural role model -not silicon alteration anywhere… and she love black male! And she’s pro Obama.

  • Blaque217

    I’m going to read the article in a minute but I wanted to ask,, who is that white woman standing in the middle of the President and Jay-Z? Sorry, I couldn’t resist…anyway, if I am being fair, I would have to say that yes, Beyonce is a role model of sorts. I’m not a huge fan and I have issues with the way she changes her appearance to look less-Black. But she is wildly successful, determined, and hard-working. She went from being in a girl’s R&B group to becoming a household name. No one can take that away from her. For that reason alone she should be admired and looked up to by young girls. So I’m not mad at President Obama for making that statement.

  • China Black

    Role model? Did we not forget Beyonce’s hand written letter to the President of the United States of America’s wife? Did it not read like it was written by a 9 year old, yet the composer is worth hundreds of millions and over 30? The most highly regarded daughters in the world have chosen one of the most semi-illiterate to follow as their role model? Again, it makes Black Americans appear useless, unless we are singing, dancing, shucking and jiving.

    Beyonce’s letter
    http://cdn.necolebitchie.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/Beyonce-MIchelle-Obama.jpg

  • Pingback: President Obama on Beyoncé: She 'Could Not Be a Better Role ... | News 47News 47

  • KitKat

    You to can succeed when you have your daddy strong arming folks in the biz, keep your hair in a perfect shade of baribie blonde, and at all times making sure to be flanked by darker complexioned women… I can’t with her.

  • hmmmmm

    If he had sons would he tout Jay as a role model to them?

  • http://valsotherblog.wordpress.com Val

    “I’d be curious to know what the girls admire about her. Is it her looks? That she sings and dances? Or that she helps fundraise for dad.”

    Maybe it’s that she’s married to a former drug dealer. Lol.

  • Jame

    What’s impressive about Beyonce: work ethic and the fact that she (with her family’s help) has built a huge empire. Not so impressive: her lack of education, and an over emphasis on her “appearance” to build her empire. Not role model material for me, but not the worst offender. I am a little disappointed that Mr. Obama couldn’t find a better choice to publically praise.

  • Child, Please

    “Some have pointed to her sexy lyrics, blonde weave, and “Bootyliciious” appeal as to why Beyoncé shouldn’t be considered role model material, but as I stated on a friend’s Facebook status about the President’s comments, young girls could do a whole lot worse.”

    “Beyoncé is certainly not perfect, but in a sea of grotesque reality show depictions and negative stereotypes about black women, looking up to King Bey might just be what many young ladies need.”

    I think these statement speaks volumes. Basically, compared to the bottom of the barrel, she’s the next best thing. Question: why is it okay for Beyonce to be a role model off stage, but not say, Shakira or pre-meltdown Britney? Heck even Christina Aguilera? We judge them based on their stage persona’s and don’t disconnect the two; why don’t we do it for Beyonce. I’d say what you choose as your profession – and perhaps even why also defines you. Didn’t Michelle Obama say: that being president doesn’t change who you are – it reveals who you are. Couldn’t that same notion apply here?

    I get why people want to protect the image of Beyonce, but at the same time we risk putting another poptart ahead of say a Natasha Tretheway, the distinguished poet laureate. It’s not ideal to lump in Beyonce with a Michelle Obama or a Maya Angelou for the same reason you wouldn’t lump in a stripper (who probably shakes it faster than Bey) and a teacher or a lawyer. True, they all work hard, but which do you value more? I’m sure most won’t defend the stripper, even though you may not know she/he strips until you go the club she/he works.

    And I question said “work ethic.” Wouldn’t we agree that Rihanna, Lady Gaga, and say Madonna work just as hard. Or even Adele? Again, wouldn’t we agree that so do several others we see day-in-and-day-out have a strong work ethic – assuming work ethic defines success – since they are in a career and doing what they love/like or are at least good at it. See, in playing up basic things one must do, we end up putting some people on a pedestal because again, compared to the bottom of the barrel, we don’t have much else. Saying there are women who do far worst or that compared to what’s presented to us or about shouldn’t be reason enough to make her a “role model.” If anything, we should want to call for better examples even if that means raising the standards, so all women won’t have is Beyonce.

  • beautifulblackmind

    What Obama said shows that clearly he’ll do whatever he needs for his political advancement.
    No Beyonce is not is not the best role model for young girls. Certainly she possesses very inspiring qualities. However, to get to where she is she emnbodied the sterotype of a black hypersexual woman(historically known as jezabel). Now she’s no where as bad as some singers (cough, cough, Rihanna) but the fact women in 2012 are still measured by their ability to be a sexual object for men is not at all inspiring.
    I don’t think Obama saying this should give her some stamp of approval as the article suggest. Like I said, he’s all about the political game.

  • Realityplease

    LMAO at “shucking and jiving” that made my day!

  • cocochanel31

    Honestly Jay is the better role model imo..came from nothing, made something, has several businesses..I mean he really is a business-MAN! lol..While I think their very own mother Michelle Obama is a better and more practical role model, I hope the President meant Bey is a great role model in humility and mild manner only, anything else doesn’t make much sense!

  • Chika

    yes, natural. With aaalll that natural blonde hair.

  • Jess

    lawd..the B haters are out strong tonite! Mary J wears her hair blonde too – I hate it and wish more of us would feel comfortable with our natural hair color, but it doesn’t make either of them any less of Black women, or speak to who they are as people. If B had nothing but other light skinned women in Destiny’s Child, y’all would be complaining about that – Destiny’s child had 3 beautiful Black women in a range of shades including dark skinned – where’s the problem there?

    It’s not beyonce’s fault that she is the most talented and the most driven and took her music farther than the other girls, obviously. I like Queen B – her music is great and she’s the female equivalent of Michael Jackson as far as puttinG on great concerts go. I can’t hate on a Black woman in a hard and racist industry – Black folks love Michael Jackson and he did far worse to his Black appearance than just simply dying his hair blonde (vitiligo, aside).

  • Jess

    ummmm…and what’s wrong with her letter? there are no misspellings. it’s just a casual letter written to a friend – Ms. Obama, in this case. When you write your friend a birthday wish or quick hello, do you write in “high English” or do you keep it casual? I mean please. It sounds like the typical firendly, casual letter.

  • Jess

    beyonce never sold drugs or stabbed anybody, so stop.

  • Jess

    Naw, the Obama’s and Jay-Bey have been friends for awhile before this fundraiser.

  • Jess

    Condoleeza Rice is a good role model?? The woman who worked with the racist Bush administartion to start wars, kill people, and allow Hurricane Katrina-devastation to go on??? Yeah, that’s who i want my daughters to look up to – NOT

  • Kacey

    I am very uncomfortable with this relationship the Obamas have with Beyonce and Jay-Z (in addition to his other celebrity affiliations), and it only adds to my conflict about voting this election.

    First, I don’t believe either Jay-Z or Beyonce are appropriate role models for anyone’s child. The are both proponents of materialism, vice, and a lifestyle that is unattainable for vast majority of people. Jay-Z is a former drug dealer and full-time hustler. The music industry is just another hustle for him – if he hadn’t made it, he’d still be selling poison to other people’s children and he would just be another black male statistic. His music does nothing to enlighten or uplift and he seems to harbor contempt for where he comes from and the people who still live there. Beyonce has garnered money and fame through overt sexuality and music with conflicting messages. She has shown time and time again that she is not very bright or cultured. Neither of them have any academic credentials and they have been called-out for their lack of social activism. What type of role models are they?

    Secondly, the quality of life for most Americans continues to decline at an alarming rate. The middle class is shrinking every year. Young people who have been told that a college education is their ticket to a better life are graduating without employment prospects and are carrying debt loads that will make it almost impossible for them to be able to live a quality of life remotely close to that of their parents or grandparents. Given all this, Obama’s hobnobbing with celebrities rubs me the wrong way. I understand he needs their money to fund his campaign, but I don’t need to read his press releases about how enamored he is with his new-found rich and famous friends. He didn’t get to where he is because of them or their money. It was because average Americans, many of them struggling, contributed their hard-earned dollars and put their faith in him.

  • edub

    lol, that made me choke on my water!

  • Kam

    If my friend was the freaking First Lady hell yeah I’d write in “high English”. But really my only complaint is that she used “u” in the last paragraph. Why? She used “you” before.

  • ?!?

    @Kam – Lol. I didn’t read the letter before. It was okay. I’m sure those are mistakes that many Americans would make. I mess up myself, but she had some run ons going on and went comma crazy.

  • http://gravatar.com/beejcee beejcee

    I am curious, is he aware that she has just this year chosen to study for her G.E.D.?

  • http://gravatar.com/nolakiss16 binks

    Hmmm..personally I have no opinion one way or the other because I learn to take Beyonce for what she is..a heck of a business woman and an entertainer. Could she be a role model sure ANYBODY can! She may not be my ideal role model but she has traits I admire. For example, A homeless person can be a role model to some sure his situation or lifestyle may not be ideal but if he has a good head on his shoulder, wanting to impact and change his surrounding for the better and give widsom and teaching does that not make him a role model…. I think the problem with role models to some is they want to look for people to put in a god like position or pedestal when that’s not the case. Guess what EVERYBODY is a role model weather you are a good one or bad one that’s up to you. To say you have to look a certain way or start out a certain way is b.s. some of the influential people we think of as role models Isn’t always so squeaky clean so before you place someone on a microscope make sure you and the people you hold up to a high esteem can pass the same test…

  • Nic

    Thank you…whenever Beyonce opens her mouth, it is abundantly obvious that she missed the line when the brains were being handed out, plus she does not sound like she was very well-educated. I think Matthew had that one practicing dance moves instead of reading books from an early age.

    There are so many black women that represent what the Obama girls and other black girls should aspire to…let’s start with their mom, but I’m not sure why Obama would say something so ridiculous.

    I mean, even if you want to heap praise upon entertainers, I’d pick the ones who are well-educated, like Sanaa Lathan or Angela Bassett.

    Really, your wife went to Princeton and Harvard Law and you are telling your daughters and other people’s black daughters to look up to a weave-wearing, booty-shaking, barely literate wife of an ex-drug dealer. M’kay…

    She has made a ton of money in exactly the way we do NOT need black children to think is the best way to make money (just like we don’t need any more black boys who think they don’t need to pay attention in school b/c they think they’ll be in the NBA).

  • Nic

    I know, unless Sasha and Malia are aspiring to dance on a pole, I’m not sure what there is to look up to…

  • Nic

    That is pathetic, but considering how she speaks, not surprising.

  • KitKat

    For me, anyone who profits from the skin tone game, especially knowing how divisive that is to the black community, I can’t support. There is a difference between I’m talented and happen to be fair in complexion, and let me bleach my tresses, let me make sure everyone is darker than me so that I can stand out. Nah that’s calculated, there is a negative intention behind that.
    Let me also say Beyonce is not the only one Mariah Carey learned a few tricks Tommy Mottola too.

  • http://gravatar.com/mimiandy1683 MimiLuvs

    On topic: President Obama’s comments… eh. I really cannot say “WTF?!” to his comment, because (more than likely) he knows Beyonce, as a person, than I do. He might have spent some time speaking to her and seen some traits that stood out in her personality, in which he hopes that his daughters will have. So, I am not going to knock him for that remark.
    Off-topic: What is it about this woman that makes people just go “ggggrrrr….”? I am not being facetious. I would really like to know.

  • http://gravatar.com/mimiandy1683 MimiLuvs

    People seem to forget that President Obama is a politician.

  • Jasmine Caldwell

    You have the only comment I read that said we need to support each other. That’s why other ethnic/race groups do better than we do they stick together. We as a whole love to put each other down. I try to surround myself with positive black people who love to see one another to succeed.

  • http://gravatar.com/mimiandy1683 MimiLuvs

    +!

  • NTG

    Yes, she’ll be a good role model in teaching his girls how to twerk. “Look daddy, Beyonce taught me how to ‘pop, lock and drop it’”. And too be honest, the only role model he should think of for his girls would be their mother. Michelle is a very decent woman who is articulate and carries herself very well. Even Oprah is a better bet. LOL he can’t be serious.

  • http://cupofjo-jo.blogspot.com bk chick

    yes to this!!

    “The are both proponents of materialism, vice, and a lifestyle that is unattainable for vast majority of people. Jay-Z is a former drug dealer and full-time hustler.”

    That sums up, in a nutshell, the problem I have with both of them as artists and people.

  • Barbara

    http://www.2snaps.tv/files/images/beyonce.preview.jpg

    Really, Mr. President, you want this for Sasha?

  • Fleur

    Like HoneyBey sings in “Flaws and All,” “I’m a peasant by some standards, but in your eyes, I’m a Queen.” In the eyes of the POTUS, FLOTUS, and many people, including mine, BGK is a such wonderful & positive role model. In the eyes of some people, she’s not. Well, that’s fine. I continue to love & support our BeyBey with her light skin-straight long blonde hair-sexy clothing/entertaining styles-no college degrees (yet?)-marriage to S.C.-so call lack of speaking & writing skills/intelligence and all. King B tickles my spirit so much :).

  • Egypt

    Love Bey & Jay-Z. They are awesome performers.. But, I’m not sure how I feel about the whole Obama-Carter alliance. I understand they are fronting the bill, but for him to imply that Beyonce is a better role model, is a slap in the face to all the other women that actually fit the label.

    Speaking of celebrity fundraisers…funny how Oprah seemed to disappear this time around?

  • http://twitter.com/Cognorati001 Colette Marcheline (@Cognorati001)

    Do you care that she has no high school diploma?

  • Apple

    Jealously? Low self esteem? Thirst? Idk I’m not even that big of a beyonce fan and the hate she get is ridiculous , you would think she was kicking nuns, snorting coke and had a sex tape the Way black women hate her

  • Apple

    I have a college degree and she makes more money then me so no I don’t care

  • JC

    Regardless. It doesn’t seem politically smart. Obama is already getting hit for nothing having enough time to meet with a major representative of Israel this month. Given what happened to Romney, he should try to be as scripted as he can during private speeches.

  • JC

    Don’t they have Michelle Obama as a role model?

  • Eyesus Kristos

    From the comments I’ve read on this page, I don’t think anyone was “hating” or even having “self esteem” issues. She is a vaguer entertainer who has capitalized on her raunchiness. The fact of the matter is that she doesn’t deserve the credit she gets as an artist as she has lied about writing songs which later on were discoverd to be the works of others: de javu, ego, sweet dreams and many others. She also has been criticized and sued over plagiarism for her music videos: countdown, run the world, Ring on it and several others. I’m stating facts! You go ahead and call me a hater.

  • http://gravatar.com/deniserena so what?

    “I’m not a beyonce stan…King Bey.”

    hmmm

  • http://gravatar.com/deniserena so what?

    best comment in this post.

  • http://gravatar.com/nolakiss16 binks

    Me and you both! I am not even a big fan of her or her husband but I admire their ambition for what it is but the way some people comment you would think she is the worst person in the world like geez it’s not that serious all I am reading is she dances a bit risque (and mind you she isn’t the ONLY entertainer to do it both present and past), her educarion level…yeah because most celebrities are honor students and college educated, and that they don’t like the way she looks because she looks too white…um okay. I didn’t know you need to look a certain way to be a role model… granted Beyonce’s image/persona can be critique and debated but some people’s feelings go way beyond that…and mind you the Obama’s girls CAN have Beyonce and their mother as a role model so I don’t get thay argument of being their mother into the debate because Michelle speaks highly of Beyonce also so…yeah

  • Fuchsia

    Beyonce obviously tries to be a role model when others try desperately not to be. The President saw this and paid her a compliment. Nothing wrong with that. Their first role model will always be Michelle.

    Personally I’m not quite a Bey fan only because she reminds me of the movie Stepford Wives, but I can understand the appeal for young girls in America.

  • Bunny

    Beyonce the female equivalent of Michael Jackson as a performer? You’re kidding, right?

  • paul

    @Kacey

    Outstanding comment

    “He didn’t get to where he is because of them or their money. It was because average Americans, many of them struggling, contributed their hard-earned dollars and put their faith in him.”

    While this is true to some extent, it’s also true to say that Obama’s principle backers are corporate sponsors, and that is the constituency he is most beholden to serve.

    His fraternizing with rich celebrities is perfectly in keeping with the fact they (celebrities), like Obama himself, owe their positions to corporate patronage.

    Nothing more to add other than to say this is one of the most insightful and well written comments I’ve ever seen on this site.

    Thanks for writing it

  • Fleur

    I usually chuckle a little bit when several people & websites proudly proclaim they’re pro-choice; then, they’re some of the biggest & harshest critics of BGK’s light skin, choice of hair texture/color/length, sexy clothes, sexy entertaining career style, the way she chooses to learn, and the person she chooses to love/marry/build a family with. You want to make to make these choices for Bey so bad? LOL. Continue to be satisfy with the choices you make for yourself. Let people/adults express themselves and their artistry they way that they want to as long as they’re not imposing on your freedom. Bey looks very beautiful with this style. Look at the pictures of her as a baby and as a child, she also looks very beautiful with the skin she was born in, the hair texture & color & lenght she was born with, and more covered up. It’s inspiring to witness Bey work hard on one of her passions & believe in herself as a child, succeed so well as a teen & adult, and enjoy the fruits of her labor like a G. Anyway, keep up the positive/great/entertaining work HoneyBey.

  • Fleur

    I usually chuckle a little bit when several people proudly proclaim they’re pro-choice; then, they’re some of the biggest & harshest critics of BGK’s light skin, choice of hair texture/color/length, sexy clothes, sexy entertaining career style, the way she chooses to learn, and the person she chooses to love/marry/build a family with. You want to make to make these choices for Bey so bad? LOL. Continue to be satisfy with the choices you make for yourself. Let people/adults express themselves and their artistry they way that they want to as long as they’re not imposing on your freedom. Bey looks very beautiful with this style. She also looks very beautiful as a baby/child with the skin she was born in, the hair texture & color & lenght she was born with, and more covered up. It’s inspiring to witness Bey work hard on one of her passions & believe in herself as a child, succeed so well as a teen & adult, and enjoy the fruits of her labor like a G now. Anyway, keep up the positive/great/entertaining work HoneyBey.

  • http://twitter.com/Cognorati001 Colette Marcheline (@Cognorati001)

    Thank you. Whenever Beyonce opens her mouth I cringe; I don’t believe I’ve ever heard her utter a grammatically correct sentence.

  • http://twitter.com/Cognorati001 Colette Marcheline (@Cognorati001)

    It isn’t appropriate to write a casual letter to the wife of the man holding the highest elected office in the country. Part of being educated and having dignity is understanding propriety and respect.

    The letter was awful: it was probably at less than a high school reading level and there was no variety or complexity to her sentences; even the ideas she put out were repetitive and elementary.

  • Fleur

    What happen to my pro-choice comment Clutch?

  • Fleur

    I usually chuckle a little bit when several people proudly proclaim they’re pro-choice; then, they’re some of the biggest & harshest critics of BGK’s light skin, choice of hair texture/color/length, sexy clothes, sexy entertaining career style, the way she chooses to learn, and the person she chooses to love/marry/build a family with. You want to make to make these choices for Bey so bad? LOL. Continue to be satisfy with the choices you make for yourself. Let people/adults express themselves and their artistry they way that they want to as long as they’re not imposing on your freedom. Bey looks very beautiful with this style. She also looks very beautiful as a baby/child with the skin she was born in, the hair texture & color & lenght she was born with, and more covered up. It’s inspiring to witness Bey work hard on one of her passions & believe in herself as a child, succeed so well as a teen & adult, and enjoy the fruits of her labor like a G. Anyway, keep up the positive/great/entertaining work HoneyBey.

  • Egypt

    Yesss! Awesome post!

  • Fleur

    I usually chuckle a little bit when several people proudly proclaim they’re pro-choice; then, they’re some of the biggest and harshest critics of BGK’s light skin, choice of hair (texture,color,length), sexy clothes, sexy entertaining career style, the way she chooses to learn, and the person she chooses to love, marry, and build a family with. You want to make to make these choices for Bey so bad? LOL. Continue to be satisfy with the choices you make for yourself. Let people express themselves and their artistry they way that they want to as long as they’re not imposing on your freedom. Bey looks very beautiful with this style. She also looks very beautiful as a baby/child with the skin she was born in, the hair texture, color, lenght she was born with, and more covered up. It’s inspiring to witness Bey believe in herself as a child and work hard on one of her passions, succeed so well as an adult, and enjoy the fruits of her labor like a G. Anyway, keep up the positive, great, and entertaining work HoneyBey.

  • Mademoiselle

    She’s just married to a man who has…

  • isolde3

    “I usually chuckle a little bit when several people proudly proclaim they’re pro-choice; then, they’re some of the biggest & harshest critics of BGK’s light skin, choice of hair texture/color/length, sexy clothes, sexy entertaining career style, the way she chooses to learn, and the person she chooses to love/marry/build a family with.”

    @Fleur

    One has nothing to do with the other. No one’s making laws or drafting legislation to take away a woman’s right to dye her hair, or enter into a heterosexual marriage, dress sexy, etc, the way people are trying to do with abortion rights. No one is trying to take away Beyonce’s right to live her life as she chooses. Some people just don’t like Bey being referred to as a role model by the FLOTUS.

  • JN

    I think it is just one hand washing the other. When Beyonce needs the Obamas to talk about how awesome her music is, or when the Obamas need the vote, they come through for each other. I think they are more like professional allies than best buds or anything.

  • JN

    i’m sorry, i really did laugh out loud when i read your comment, teehee

  • JN

    and, Beyonce is not the only celebrity who has raised money for the Obamas. There are well over 100 celebrities who have publicity endorsed him. No one said a word about Whoopi Goldberg’s comments from a couple of days ago, for example. I think she is just one of the few that the Black community-and the media- notices.

  • Fleur

    As you already notice isolde3, I don’t limit the term pro-choice to abortion legislations in the USA. Being pro-choice means I’m here for people freely employing choices that don’t disregard, restrict, or violate other people’s freedom. I simply wish more people would respect people’s right to choose how they want to educate themselves, express themselves. In addition, I’m here for people choosing the person they want to marry and procreate with, whether they want to abort or not, which political party, organizations, organize religion they choose to engage in or not, and so on. You’re correct that people are not making laws to take away Bey’s choices. Nevertheless, some are disrespecting her right to exercise her choices, and some are shaming her. One doesn’t need a government, a moral/cultural police to recognize these choices before s/he respects another person’s right to do whatever she wants to do with herself or her body. It’s like, so what you dislike BGK’s light skin, long blonde hair, sexy entertaining styles, academic achievements, speech, writing skills, her choice of partner, and so on. Continue to focus on your choices in life, and continue to respect others’ choices. Why spread so much negativity when you can respect HoneyBey’s right to employ her choices.

    The POTUS and the FLOTUS activate one of their choices when they recognize B as a role model for their daughters. She’s not role model enough for you, that’s fine. You don’t have to like one of their personal choices, but respect it.

  • Nicole

    Beyonce is a great role model. She’s beautiful and successful. She has a great career and she got married THEN had a baby. She seems like a nice person too.

  • http://gravatar.com/chanela17 chanela17

    LMAO um no! she has breast implants and got her nose done.

  • Bosslady

    Apple, you are right on the money with that point!! LMAO! I can name several successful people with no hs diploma. Now ANYONE who knows me, knows I am very much into education (and intend to privately educate all my children) but choosing a different route doesn’t mean you should be classified as a lesser person. Richard Brandon for example, CEO and founder of Virgin (Records, Airlines, cable…And many other ventures) failed at school. Look at him now…

    Beyonce is different a good role in my opinion. Also, the article referred to her wearing a blonde weave, huh?! Having a blonde weave doesn’t meet the “role model criteria?”

  • isolde3

    @Fleur

    I’m a little apprehensive about responding, but here goes. The way you interpret a term, (pro-choice) does not necessarily change its meaning just because you and you alone have decided to broaden the scope of the term and its significance. The term pro-choice has its own unique history that’s specific to abortion rights. So, for you to try to correct me because I wasn’t aware of how you misappropriate the term is a bit of a reach. The overwhelming majority of people who see and hear the word “pro-choice” identify it with abortion rights and abortion rights exclusively, and this “Beyonce role model” argument has absolutely nothing to do with that.

    I think what you meant to say was “I usually chuckle a bit when several people proudly proclaim to be feminist, but then criticize Beyonce’s lifestyle choices, this, that, and the other. To which I would’ve replied, “Not every choice a woman makes is feminist simply because it’s a woman making it,” but that’s a whole other argument.

    Look, Bey stan, I respect you and what you’re doing here. Lord knows I’ve been known to go hard for my queen (Hail Fenty), but you can’t expect people not to criticize the public personas of pop stars. That’s not reasonable, nor is Beyonce somehow above reproach. You really need to tone down the “rights infringement” rhetoric, because no one is doing that here. Whether or not you want to acknowledge it, there are aspects about Beyonce’s public persona that are problematic and worth criticizing if she’s going to be put on this particular pedestal by the FLOTUS. This isn’t a discussion about Beyonce as an entertainer, per se. It’s a discussion about Beyonce the entertainer being upheld as a role model for black girls and women. So, if some people feel that Sasha Fierce is too salacious and inarticulate for such an honor, then they’re well within their rights to say that within the context of this debate. No one has to respect Michelle Obama for how she feels about Beyonce. That’s silly. I mean, you can’t claim that the discourse has been particularly sexist because Jay is getting dragged up and down this thread, and as someone alluded to earlier, can you imagine what kind of ish-storm would start if Obama said Jay was a role model? Even if Jay hadn’t been a former, shank wielding drug dealer, there’s still the issue of his music and the role he’s played and benefitted from the degradation of black and brown women.

  • JN

    wow, *publicly

  • justanotheropinion

    Pardon my ‘french’, but it takes a bit more than that to be a role model. Where I do give Bey props in that she has kept her nose clean. Saw an interview one time when she said “my parents would have killed me if I didn’t keep my nose clean.” She stated that when she works – she works – it isn’t fun time or personal time. It’s business. When she’s not working – her time is strictly personal – family and friends only, no business allowed. In that respect – I would tell my daughter to take note. Other than that, move along.

  • The Comment

    I agree with you on this one 100%. But I’m sure you will find fault with it somewhere. You can’t help it.

  • Penny

    I think Obama was just talking out of his a$$. He’s saying what sounds nice. He doesn’t have to worry about his girls looking up to Beyonce because they have Michelle Obama as their mother and Michelle’s mother as their grandmother. So he can say things like that because it doesn’t really mean anything in his world. Beyonce’s accomplishments are admirable, but I doubt he and Michelle would be happy if either of their daughters went into entertainment. I admire Beyonce, too…but not as a role model for my daughter. Esperanza Spalding? That would be a different story.

  • Fleur

    isolde3, why would I use that term Feminist when my argument isn’t about it? My argument is about the fundamental understanding behind the term pro-choice. I respect and support human choices that don’t disregard, disrespect, and violate other human choices. Hence, I’m all about the freedom and respect of choice. I’m for/pro choice. It’s not about me liking or defending B. There are some choices I don’t pick for myself [piercings and tattooes]. Nevertheless, I respect the choices of people who get piercings and tattooes. I can even admire some of these choices that I’m not here for personally. I go hard for Freedom of Choice. If I choose another term or word isolde3, it wouldn’t be Feminist. It would go like this “I usually chuckle a little bit when several people proudly proclaim Freedom of Choice [that doesn't disregard, disrespect, and violate other human/ human choices]; then, they’re some of the biggest & harshest critics of BGK’s light skin, choice of hair texture/color/length, sexy clothes, sexy entertaining career style, the way she chooses to learn or her academic achievements, the speech and writing style she employs, and the person she chooses to love/marry/build a family with.”

  • Ange B

    I agree with the author on this. No one is just one dimensional and I think if President Obama feels that Beyonce has class and poise and that those characteristics to him are admirable in a woman; then I say his comments make sense. And like the author mentioned a role model can be anyone with characteristics you admire. Beyonce does have poise and drive and as far as the public knows is in loving relationship with the same man for years before they were wed and now. Keeping things between her and Jay Z private is also admirable considering the industry they both are in and the constant questions they both received over the years. If there are key things that she or other celebrities posses and you admire that, then what’s the problem of finding them as your role model.

  • http://twitter.com/AlaiaWilliams Alaia Williams (@AlaiaWilliams)

    The way the Obamas seem to publicly love on Beyonce has always made me shudder. I definitely have much love for the Obamas and yeah, whatever, Beyonce talks about being empowered and what not, and she IS a businesswoman…but when it comes down to her lyrics, there’s really nothing in them that would make me say (and proudly) that she was a great role model for my daughters. The materialism (Upgrade U and many more), the “do everything for my man” stuff, the stuff that doesn’t make much sense (Irreplaceable…why would you want to replace the jerk you just dumped. Whatever…) and the videos like Video Phone with the guns for no reason…like what was that about?

    Obvs, people can love who they love and I’m sure I’ve got musical tastes that would make people go “what?” but at the same time, I’m not about to say that those artists are the perfect role models for my children.

  • Fran H.

    First of all I think the President might know more about Beyonce personally than we do, to have made that statement. Secondly, I think the main problem that some of the commentors have with Beyonce is how she dances and dresses on stage. That’s her work, and millions of young ladies already adore her and wish they could be her. I personally don’t have a problem with her as a role model because she has great character. She is philanthropic, she has exhibited moral fiber by marrying first and having a child second. To our knowledge she does not indulge in drugs. She carries herself like a lady off stage (I don’t know of any scandals she’s been involved in). Everyone has their idea of what a role model looks like, for me a person of character, generosity and social awareness is a fine role model.

  • http://gravatar.com/todra T. Payne

    I agree with you 100%. Thank you for saying it.

  • http://gravatar.com/todra T. Payne

    Every time someone doesn’t like the celebrity du jour, they must be jealous. It’s so ridiculous. If I say I despise Mitt Romney, am I jealous?

  • Cee Cee

    I hate when people are so hard on Beyonce for the fact that she does not have a college degree, etc. but she is an entertainer and that was her career goal. College is great but it is not the only path to success. Maybe one day when she retires she can go and pursue a degree in an area of interest, lucky her because she won’t have to think about career plans.

    Lots of amazing, intelligent people were not able to get formal education, my grandfather was an example. He was born in the early 1900s, only went to the 6th grade and while he might not have had an extensive vocabulary he was one of the most intelligent men I have ever known.

  • http://www.therapyiseffinexpensive.wordpress.com Zandria

    You said what I couldn’t find the words to say. Thank you.

  • Diane

    She is a perfumer, and how old is “Bootylicious”?! Old! She wears her hair in weave because she is a performer, heat and styling natural hair can be damaging.

  • http://gravatar.com/ohyeaohyea ohyeaohyea

    There are definitely better role models out there for young women than Beyonce, but to each his own. I choose not to denigrate her-folks have done that enough.

  • Eric

    @beautifulblackmind I see you are aware to some degree.

    Everytime I see the phrase “whatever he needs” or “whatever it takes” I ROFL because I see “Strange for a piece of change” & I see shameless pandering.

    Whatever it takes.

  • Alsace

    I just read B’s handwritten letter to Michelle for the first time in your link and can’t understand why you refer to it as immature and “semi-literate.” I’m a university professor of English and, though I searched, couldn’t find any grammatical or spelling errors or the like.

    To me, the letter’s syntax and rhetoric have the kind of awkwardness I often find creeps into my own writing when I’m addressing someone about whom I feel intensely or whom I greatly admire. To me, your reading of her letter feels neither fair nor generous, but rather as though it were proceeding out of some non-textual category of judgement. Am I missing something?

  • TheBestAnonEver, Part 2

    …. since the last set of fundraisers.

  • Adama

    Please save it. Other ethnic/race groups don’t stick together. In fact, Black Americans may have more of a collective identity than other groups, since other groups distinguish themselves based on nationality and not just race, such as Asians include Japanese, Koreans, Chinese, Cambodian, and Indonesian. You think these groups stick together? Or see themselves as the same? Not on your life. Do you think groups of the same nationality, like Chinese for instance, look out for others beyond their family? No. They are just as divided and self-centered as (some) Black Americans. The difference is they have intact stable families.

Latest Stories

Watch: ‘Black People Mate’ a Parody About the Ridiculous Stats on Black Women & Dating

by

University President Under Fire for Wanting to Make School Less White In the Future

by

Taraji P. Henson Says European Men Are Less ‘Bitter’ and ‘Jaded’ Than American Men

by

Style Inspiration: Casual Work Outfits

by
More in 2012 election, beyonce
Michelle Obama DNC speech
First Lady Michelle Obama & Gov. Deval Patrick Ignite the Democratic National Convention

Clint Eastwood at the RNC
Open Thread: Now That It’s Over, What Are Your Thoughts on the Republican National Convention?

Close