Q: What were you doing at the time when you decided to release your album?
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This is a great clip of Beyoncé at her visual album’s screening. It’s nice to hear some of her own perspectives (more here) on her incredible work, her visual album BEYONCÉ. She answered questions from some Instagram users and talked a lot about creating this work with women, with her own company and the importance of motherhood to her.
I really like that she said this:
But more than the music, I’m proud of myself as a woman. For taking the risk. The biggest message is owning your imperfections and all the things that makes you interesting because I refuse to allow someone to put me in anybody’s box.
Yoncé is Beyoncé. Mrs. Carter is Beyoncé. Sasha Fierce is Beyoncé. I’m finally at a place where, as I said earlier, I don’t have to kinda separate the two anymore. We’re all one. It’s all pieces of me and just different elements of a personality, of a woman, because we are complicated.
My goal was not picking a number one single. My goal was putting together a body of work and I just wanted to know if people cared about music. Because honestly, I was at a point where I felt like, you know, everything is, it feels the same. What I said in “Ghost” (“all the shit I do is borin’) that’s how I felt. And if I could not challenge that, then maybe it was time for me to do something else, or develop more artists.
I really enjoyed the direction taken with this art and the elaboration of the multiple facets of her personality and politics conveyed so exquisitely and unprecedented. Oh and what she wore SLAYED. She looked like a superhero with the boots. Loved it.