4.17.2018

Be Like Beyonce

I'm pretty certain that at this point, we've all watched or heard about Beyonce's Coachella performance. If you've only watched snippets of it online, you might not really get all the hype. But I promise you, it really is worth all the hype and even deserves more. I was going to link a video of her full performance but it has disappeared, unfortunately. Before I get into what I really want to say, can I just gush a little bit? Okay, thank you.
I love watching Beyonce perform and before her Coachella show, my favourite was her 2014 VMA's one where she performed a medley of her Beyonce album in 15 minutes. However, this Coachella one takes the cake hands down. Guys, I was not prepared for how amazing it was. I watched it with my friend Daniella and we couldn't stop screaming, I'm pretty sure her flatmate got fed up at some point lol. *sorry* Everything was perfect. Her costumes, the transition from one track to another, the dancers, her singing (not one note was off key for TWO HOURS), everything! It's so amazing how the songs on all her albums fit each other and I loved the way she segued from one song to the next. She sampled Nina Simone and had Malcolm X quotes. She sampled Fela, I kind of lost my shit when I heard the instrumentals, it was so perfect. She sampled a number of artists but I'm not really familiar with their music so I did not notice it.
She performed songs from every single album and if that wasn't enough, she had dancers of all shapes and sizes. I loved how body-positive it was. I also really love the fact that the stage was set like an HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities). It's like with every passing year she gets bolder and continues to pay homage to her blackness. I'm 100% for it. And to top it off, she brought in Destiny's Child (I feel like Kelly should have been the one to wear trousers and not Michelle because that's how it was back in the day but ah well), Jay Z AND had a dance break with Solange. Perfect perfect perfect. I could literally go on and on but I'll stop here. Okay, gush over. 
Whilst I do not want to BE Beyonce (that's lowkey impossible anyways), I certainly want to be LIKE her in my career.She's talented, there's no question about that. But it's not only talent that has gotten her to where she is. It's her work ethic. Love her or hate her, you cannot deny that she puts in the work. There were rumours that she rehearsed ten hours a day for months, how gruelling is that? She's a hard worker and always strives to outdo herself. I remember when she headlined Glastonbury in 2011, we all thought it was the best thing ever. Then she performed at the 2013 Superbowl and everyone lost their shit. In 2014, she gave us an even better performance at the VMA's. In 2016 she gave us Lemonade and went on to perform it at the Superbowl with Bruno Mars and the VMA's. The point I'm trying to make here is that she constantly outdoes herself. When I feel like she can't top it, she surprises me (and everyone else).
That's the kind of person I want to be in my career and in my life generally. Someone who works hard and always strives to be better. Someone who constantly outdoes herself. Someone who pays attention to details and does what she has to do, convenient or not.Someone with a crazy ass work ethic. This is who Beyonce is and it's who I want to be. 

I'm really not joking guys, I haven't stopped thinking about that performance since I watched it. It inspired me so much, it's insane.Some of you might think I'm being too extra lmao but that's honestly how I feel. 

I want to quickly point out that not everyone wants to be like the best of the best. Some people just want the simple life and that's okay. I'm definitely not saying we ALL need to be like that. I'm just saying that I would like to be and if you feel the same way, then be like Beyonce :)
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  1. Beyonce is an Icon, from way back as the pack leader in destiny's child we all saw her strive to always be the best, little wonder she remains the most relevant of the trio. The thing I love most about her is how she's scandal free, private and still whenever she wants to shake the world she does it in the most unexpected way and we all bow because she is the Queen. She gave us everything we needed with that performance, I kept screaming while watching too. 2 whole hours of dancing and singing, I kept wondering how she could sing and dance at the same time without missing a tone, without missing a breath. However after the show came to an end and the whole world went agog, I sat down and I said to myself Beyonce has got one of the most interesting work ethics. She worked her butt off to put up than monster of a show and I am extremely proud to be black. I love your post Demi, I hope others see the need to put in underground work to see amazing results And stop looking for a cheap and easy way out.
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    1. "The thing I love most about her is how she's scandal free, private and still whenever she wants to shake the world she does it in the most unexpected way "

      I love what you said here and I agree with you completely.I know right! She makes me proud to be a black woman too. Yes to "stop looking for a cheap and easy way out." Let the church say amen! Thank you for reading Gift :)

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    2. i love this comment and totally agree with everything you've said.

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  2. I love this post!! she is such goals and you've captured her beauty!

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    1. Yay, glad you loved it! Thanks for reading Jenny :)

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  3. damn gurl, youre not the only one when i want to slack off, which i have been doing a lot of lately, i ask "what would Beyonce do." she really is an embodiment of Black Excellence.
    i can only aspire to be this darn good someday.

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    1. That's what I've been asking myself since that performance as well! It's the perfect thing to kick me into hear. I hope we can be that good some day, thanks for stopping by girl <3

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  4. Beyonce is so fucking great and I’m totally with you on this post! I was talking with a work friend about her the other day and she was telling me about one of the documentaries about Beyonce, and saying that she rehearses constantly, and the fact that everything she does is so perfect means that the work she puts in really shows. There’s no way you can be as incredible and powerful and perfect as she is without putting in the work, and the fact that she uses her platform to lift up and empower others is one of the most wonderful things about her. That same friend described the Coachella performance as “black as fuck” which is awesome! The fact that she is in a position where she has so much influence and gets so much global attention, and instead of toeing the line and trying to stay away from controversy, she is unapologetically pro-black and pro-feminist and doesn’t give a single fuck about making white men uncomfortable and making those conversations inextricable from her as an artist. She’s one of the most popular artists in the world and she takes a firm stance so she makes it pretty hard for you to be a racist or sexist Beyonce fan, which is the way it should be!

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    1. OMG I love your comment so much Jessica! That's so true, she does make it pretty hard to be racist or sexist and still be a fan of hers! Thanks for stopping by :)

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  5. I couldn't agree more! It takes a lot of hard work and dedication, and talent is only the beginning...

    -Emily www.coatandcoffee.com

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    1. Talent is definitely only the beginning! Thanks Emily <3

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  6. I love the post I like it!

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