Beyonce Knowles delivered a powerful message on the Black Lives Matter movement and sexism in the music industry during YouTube’s ‘Dear Class of 2020’ virtual graduation on Saturday,June 7.
The ‘Halo’ singer started by congratulating the high school seniors who kept going on through the unprecedented circumstances in the country.
“Congratulations to the class of 2020, you have arrived here in the middle of a global crisis, a racial pandemic and worldwide expression of outrage at the senseless killing of yet another unarmed Black human being. And you still made it, we’re so proud of you,” Beyonce Knowles said.
She also focused on the nationwide Black Lives Matter protests that have taken place around the country.
“Thank you for using your collective voice and letting the worlds know that Black lives matter. The killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and so many others have left us all broken. It has left the entire country searching for answers.”
“We’ve seen that our collective hearts, when put to positive action, could start the wheels of change. Real change has started with you, this new generation of high school and college graduates who we celebrate today,” Beyonce Knowles said.
Beyonce Knowles also opened up on on the sexism that is still prevalent in the music industry and how the industry is still being dominated by men.
The singer also shared her observations, revealing that not enough female role models are given the opportunity to do what they want to do.
She also discussed how she felt it was necessary to start her own company in order to fulfill her goals of “showing the beauty of Black people to the world, our history, our profundity and the value of Black lives.”
“The entertainment business is still very sexist. It’s still very male-dominated and as a woman, I did not see enough female role models given the opportunity to what I knew I had to do — to run my label, and management company, to direct my films and produce my tours that meant ownership, owning my masters, owning my art, owning my future and writing my own story,” she said.
“Not enough Black women had a seat at the table. So I had to go and chop down that wood and build my own table. Then I had to invite the best there was to have a seat.”
“That meant hiring women, men outsiders, underdogs, people that were overlooked and waiting to be seen.”
Beyonce Knowles is one of the many celebs who has been voiced their support for the ongoing Black Lives Matter movement especially after George Floyd’s death.
Last week, she shared a heart touching video encouraging her fans to support the petitions seeking justice for George Floyd.