Beyonce’ and the Smarty-Art Syndrome: It’s Not That Deep

I haven’t written in over a week, mainly because there’s nothing I care to share my thoughts on, and unlike those who’ve taken the bravest step to freelance, published stories aren’t my bread and butter. I’ve been on mute until I  saw commentary on Beyoncé’s new promo photo for her new single, “Best I Never Had” yesterday.

Upon first glance of the picture I thought simple thoughts like, Go Bey! That’s different. Love the whole lipstick writing on the mirror concept. That never gets old.  NecoleBitchie.com later posted “Beyonce is Calling Herself a “King.” What’s the Problem?” Apparently, people have taken issue with Mrs. Knowles-Carter. Why does there have to be a problem? Maybe this is another alter ego she’s yet to let out of the closet. Let the girl do her thing. She’s promoting an album, for God’s sake!

People, stop with this Smarty Art Syndrome. (Please, tell me you’re familiar with my reference to Chris Rock’s Bring the Pain stand-up.) Maybe I’m not using my intelligence to its fullest capacity, but why are we making Beyoncé’s comeback so deep, let alone a promotion photo? First, it’s questioning if she’s now a feminist because she release “Run the World (Girls),” now we’re on to discussing gender roles because she wrote “King B” in Wet ‘N Wild Bubblegum Pink on a mirror? Use that brain power to work a math problem.

As far as her allegiance to women’s issues , she co-wrote “Independent Women” (throw your hands up at me) and gives us ladies the best divalicious and men-bashing anthems ever. Maybe she is a feminist, but so what? Above all things and issues you may think she stands for, what Beyoncé is a marketing genius. She and her team know just what to do to keep the stans continuously uterus-riding.

A friend pointed out that it’s all about reinvention. In just eight years as a solo artist, she’s dropped from ceilings, done the Josephine Baker fandango dance, made wearing leotards and J-setting fashionable again, created an alter ego and shitted on cheating men with just six words (“To the left, to the left”) all for the sake of giving Beylievers what they want: empowerment, bomb live performances and a certified club banger. This go-round with “4” will be no exception. You thought the “Girls” video was wack or lackluster, she gave you a killer performance on the Billboard Awards. You said she couldn’t sing, a video of her performance rehearsal was released. The girl just knows what to do. Am I saying that she really doesn’t think girls run the world or that she lacks substance? No, not at all. I’m #teamBey all day.

I’m simply asking these over-thinkers and Smarty-Arts to give it a rest. Why are you pondering shenanigans when Bey hits the scene? When you blast Bey’s music you should be doing one of two things: nursing a break-up, feeling yourself or p-popping with the best of ’em. Why? Cuz Bey taught you.

Now shut up and DANCE!!

Flashback Friday: 95 South

Okay, don’t ask me how or why this song was in my head this week, but it was. The video for “Whoot, There It Is” by 95 South was shot in Atlanta at the 1993 Freaknik (RIP). Considering all the debauchery and ignorance that took place on the streets of Atlanta for so many years  during Freaknik, I guess it was only right. Please, don’t confuse this with Tag Team’s “Whoomp, There It Is.” Everybody knows 95 South’s is better. So join me now as I do my best “Soul Train Asian Girl Pump” at my desk–ONEMOGIN.

Happy Friday!

Flashback Friday:JODECI

A little about me: I’m a former Jodeci fanatic. Seriously. I still have the Forever My Lady cassette tape, posters from Word Up! and my prized 1995 Vibe cover. Back in the day, I didn’t play about my K-Ci, Jo Jo, Dalvin and DeVante. So in honor of them, their great music and the Hailey brothers’ hopeful recovery, I had to post this video. I’m still killing myself laughing over K-Ci singing “Freek ‘N You” while working out with A.J. Johnson. He’s still got the voice!

I can’t believe this was 15 years ago. Yikes!

Happy Friday!

Flashback Friday: Lisa Fischer

So I had to have been like, 10 years-old when this was released. I remember everyone being obsessed with the song, but I didn’t get it. I only got excited over the high note she belts out at the end. I heard it last night and it was like hearing it for the first time. Now, 20 years late, I get it. It rings true. Where is she now, anyway?

Happy Friday!!!

Flashback Friday: Voices

If you don’t remember this video, shame on you! Unless you’re a man. I have no words. It’s very teeny bopperish, but there’s always that guy who makes you say, “Yeah, yeah, yeah!!” no matter what age. Check out their little dresses! Oh, to be a tween again.

Happy Friday!

Flashback Friday: Tweet

Let me tell you something. This week has gone by faster than I thought, but it was still sooooo long! Sheesh. I’m going to do a real post later today, but I thought I’d start something new again. Here’s my small tribute to one of my favorite singers, Southern Hummingbird, Tweet. Please know that that album is a classic. Certified. So I’m flashing back to 2002-2003 (When life was so easy.) Won’t you join me?

Yes, “Call Me” is still my jam!

No words.