Title: Queen Bey: A Celebration of the Power and Creativity of Beyoncé Knowles-Carter
Author: Veronica Chambers
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Publication Date: March 5, 2019
Beyoncé. Her name conjures more than music, it has come to be synonymous with beauty, glamour, power, creativity, love, and romance. Her performances are legendary, her album releases events. She is not even forty but she has already rewritten the Beyoncé playbook more than half a dozen times. She is consistently provocative, political and surprising. As a solo artist, she has sold more than 100 million records. She has won 22 Grammys and is the most-nominated woman artist in the history of Grammy awards. Her 2018 performance at Coachella wowed the world. The New York Times wrote: “There’s not likely to be a more meaningful, absorbing, forceful and radical performance by an American musician this year or any year soon.” Artist, business woman, mother, daughter, sister, wife, black feminist, Queen Bey is endlessly fascinating. Queen Bey features a diverse range of voices, from star academics to outspoken cultural critics to Hollywood and music stars.
Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter is a megastar, a name that is common in every household and a woman that is not afraid to say what is on her mind in the most thoughtful and creative way. Veronica Chambers along with many other contributors created a profound book circled around their love for Beyoncé; how she has impacted their lives and their love for her. Each essay dives in deeper than just the love they have for Beyoncé, but how she has shaped the world by speaking out on politics, police brutality, and have been at the forefront of highlighting culture through her fashion, her performances and videos, she makes sure that she is representing her Creole and Houston background. She is a representation of feminism, diversity, culture, and fashion.
I am a fan of Beyoncé, I am one that when she drops an album or video, I am scrambling to find my headphones to listen to it. I love the relationship that she has with Jay-Z, which we all know took some time to get there after we learned about his infidelity. Both of them working together is an inspiration that showcases that even though there are always struggles of marriage, there is a way to move past it. Beyonce came into my life when I was probably 9 or 10 years old, it is when I first heard Destiny’s Child “Say My Name”, I was singing that song like no tomorrow, not understanding the meaning behind it until I was older to understand. Then I was into “Baby Boy” featuring Sean Paul and “Bonnie & Clyde” featuring Jay-Z, then I was sucked in after that. Beyoncé is a wonderful role model for women, she is not afraid to breakdown barriers and even to go outside of her box. Isabel Gonzalez Whitaker writes more on this in her essay on how Beyoncé represents Latino culture in some ways. When she was featured in the song with Colombian artist, J Balvin in the song “Mi Gente”, I could not stop listening to it. Beyonce is amazing in her own way and I am here to see what else she can keep creating.
This is a loving and personal collection from people in the industry that admire Beyonce for what she has done all around. If you’re a fan of Beyonce, this is definitely a book you would like to own!
* I received a complimentary copy of this book from St.Martin Press through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.