- op ed by Adeeba Folami -
R&B singer Beyonce shook the entertainment world with her recent announcement that she will perform in a burqa during her concert appearance in the Muslim country of Malaysia which has strict codes of conduct and dress for entertainers. Bey is also known as Ms. “Bootylicious” because of how she can pop that “thang” with a thong on or can drop “it” like “it’s” hot in booty shorts or skimpy lingerie while performing.
The queen of all things ‘booty’ is now singing a new tune and has seemingly had a spiritual awakening thanks to the stank raised by Malaysian officials and citizens about her attire and seductive dance moves. The singer has gone so far as to say that when she returns to the U.S., she intends to begin studies with the Nation of Islam under Minister Louis Farrakhan and learn more about modest dress and civilized female behavior by attending that group’s women’s classes. She is also to expand her Dereon fashion line to include clothes for fly fashionistas who want to ‘work it’ without showing a lot of flesh and form.
Beyonce regrets that many young girls and women are emulating her previous style of dress, dance and pimping her body and sexuality just for dollars and fame but she is now out to change her image full scale.
For those who refuse to believe their beloved Beyonce has decided to tame the booty and lower the hem of her garments – never fear! The above report is strictly a work of FICTION and wishful thinking. It is true, however, that Malaysian standards are very strict and require female performers to cover their skin from below the neck to their knees. Seductive dancing is forbidden as are cursing and references to drug usage. Other artists reportedly have complied with the requirements but Sister Beyonce just could not do it and for the rights of Booty, she canceled her scheduled Nov. 1 appearance in the country – out of protest.
Maybe someone should have a heart to heart with Ms. B in a “gurl please!” conversational tone ……. “B, you really need to stop! You had the opportunity to take a strong, bold stance as a Black woman – that’s what you are, right? You’re shaking, rattling and rolling your tootsie all over the globe as though that’s some queenly, civilized and respectable thing to do, and all because you’ve seemingly sold your soul to the devil for some dollar bills and recognition. Girl, rebuke the devil and he will flee from you, bless Jesus. Holla!”
This reminds me of a poem in my collection written some years ago entitled “Video HOs.” It said to those Black women who make a living (or not) shaking their scantily clad bodies and booties in music videos:
“…..Feelin the rhymes, feelin the times
Is it possible to show what you can do with your mind?
Have a positive effect around the whole world
Something to share with young boys and girls
Who need role models, not models who roll
that tootsie, that booty slinging round a pole
…..Sisters we are, this I can’t deny
but why don’t you reveal the beauty of your mind
Not the size and shape of your Black behind…..”
Beyonce, you do have some beauty of mind to share with the world – we all do – yet it seems many women like you have no confidence or self esteem about themselves so they/you resort to reliance on the size and shape of their bosoms and butts to make up for whatever it is that is lacking in their spiritual, mental and emotional banks. Maybe a Sankofa experience is needed on a large scale – a trip back in time, to our ancient history where beautiful, Black queens were known for their wisdom, elegance and grace and not for shaking like a half-naked salt shaker and slinging their hair/weave around in an animalistic type performance on a stage for the world to see. What do you say, B? Have you ever taken a Sankofa trip back in time? SANKOFA: “We must go back and reclaim our past so we can move forward; so we understand why and how we came to be who we are today.”
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