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We were scrolling through Facebook and came across one of our favorite cultural commentators, Greg Tate. Read what he had to say about Beyonce's latest album. 

By Greg Tate (on Facebook)

Listened to Beyonce's new album, dug some of the spooky vocals, spookier production. Watched about 12 of the videos and got depressed for the world like a mutha. Mostly by the butt nekkid desperation for self-sexualizing pop relevance. The hunger to please of the child-star returns pathetic and Marilynesque in the adult. The vacuum beneath the appropriated high tech haute couture come-on imaging reveals a no there-there raging void. Madonna sponged her reference for visual literacy from Basquiat. B got 'Picasso'. Ronny Drayton's grandmother used to tell him 'Boy, no matter how how high you go in this world you will always be The Product. ' Auction block R&B, billion dollar babies, commodified soul sucked clean to the plantation-haunted marrow. Epitome of what Cecil Taylor meant when he said, ''For a Black person to be a success iin this culture is to be failure.'

 

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Comment by Malena Handeen on December 20, 2013 at 12:33pm

The only thing I can complain about is Jay z's part in the song Drunk in Love. Beyonce is not the first hyper-sex-idol of our times. She also dropped this album completely free of hype and made the videos as a body of work. Not enough deep philosophic content for you? Fine. But she knows her audience and empowers them. She woke up like dis. You want to talk about sad? R Kelly is fuckin sad. At least Beyonce is her own object. Try to turn off the song Partition.

Comment by SecondLady on December 20, 2013 at 3:15am

...Okay. This sounds a little ..angsty..? Idk.
And I'm not comfortable with a guy trying to give a lecture on what he thinks black female pop stars should be doing (w/ their bodies or music). Seems a bit shame-y to me.
But that's just my knee-jerk reaction at this point. I'm gonna re-read, let it stew and come back a little later. Maybe.


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