Beyonce has been speaking through her music for some time. While some may ridicule musicians when they speak out , musicians in many respects serve as our society’s conscience and with these times of social and political upheaval, we need them more than ever to put fire in a movement, to wield and leverage their talents in order to shed light to not only social injustices, but put rhythm in the heartbeat of a people.
I think beyonce joins Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye, Public Enemy and the like to compose songs that speak truth to power.
I can’t remember actually sitting down and being taught about Juneteenth, I recall family coming over on the weekend and we would barbecue, there would be music and the occasional argument, but there wasn’t a moment where we all sat down and talked about Juneteenth.
As I got older I never questioned, I found out basic information but took advantage of the music, and food all the time still not knowing or even caring about what the day actually meant.
So dial it forward…..
I’m a mom!! Whoo hoo and when old enough she asks me, “Mom whats Juneteeth” I will not sit here and lie and say as a black person I finally knew… Nope, but what I did say was “lets look it up”
See with this world being so topsy turvy, this generation is full of “information” but we as humans cannot help but have tunnel vision and only look at what we know. If “twitter” “youtube” even “google” didn’t have it in the forefront, one could acutually miss a holiday, or key fact because the reliance is on what is being seen and fed to you, know what you are feeding yourself.
What is it?
On June 19, 1865, the Union army general Gordon Granger announced federal orders in the city of Galveston, Texas proclaiming that all slaves in Texas were now free.