She won me over after Coachella (homage to black history, culture, and Historically Black Colleges and Universities). He won me over with 4:44 (truth, wisdom, knowledge, and growth). They won me over with ‘The Carters’ (black experience, black love, black family, black excellence) . ‘The Carters’ led me to the ‘On The Run II’ tour! The ‘On The Run II’ tour led me to my feelings. I am loving the current “trend” of seeing black couples love on each other openly. I am encouraged to believe that this behavior will extend beyond the current tread and I pray that it lasts forever! “Nothings perfect but it’s worth it”. It’s my belief that we can all grow and learn in love through the transparency of others whether in person or imitated through art.
‘The Carters’ was a nine song album that I’m able to listen to from start to finish starting ‘Summer’ hearing Jay Z say…..
“I brought my sand to the beach
Hopped out the Lam’ with the sheep
Skin rugs on the floor
We hugged, made love on the seats
We tried to hide in the hills
We watched the sky turn peach
Summer’s light like, summer’s night
It’s like, Christ masterpiece”
This stood out to me because growing up I often heard “Don’t bring sand to the beach” from my elders. The message here is that you may find someone better! I’m relieved to know that he realized that the grass isn’t always greener and to nurture the relationship with the woman he had.
And ending with ‘LoveHappy’
“You did some things to me
Boy, you do some things to me
But love is deeper than your pain and I believe you can change
Baby, the ups and downs are worth it
Long way to go, but we’ll work it
We’re flawed but we’re still perfect for each other, yeah, yeah, yeah
Sometimes I thought we’d never see the light
Went through hell with heaven on our side
This beach ain’t always been no paradise
But nightmares only last one night
Damn, look at us now
Pray, pray for the vows
Way up now, it’s a long way, a long way down
We came, and we saw, and we conquered it all
We came, and we conquered, now we’re happy in love” -Beyonce’
The magic of the album lies within its transparency. It speaks to the truth of their experiences as a couple, as a family, within friendships, and being black in America.
What are your thoughts on the state of relationships? Are they headed up/down? Or has nothing changed?
One thing I know for sure is we are at an all time high in regards positive depictions and imagery.
“What’s better than one billionaire? Two!”
And you know what they say “when two come together………it shall be done.”
Find you one and grow!