Over the past few months, Beyoncé has made headlines for accusations of cultural appropriation as well as her embracement her race in her new song "Formation" and at the Super Bowl Half-Time Show.
Doc Chambers, 50 Shades of Black blogger, recently shared both this video from AJ+ and an article from The Daily Beast, that highlight recent controversy of Beyoncé's recent artistic choices.
Shared on January 31, this video shows some viewers' disgust at Beyoncé's dress and the use of street kids throughout the video while others said that it highlighted the beauty and tradition in India.
Contrastingly, as Doc showed with his second post about a month later, Beyoncé was bashed for calling out police brutality and the constant fear black people have of the police in her half-time Super Bowl show.
Jessica Williams, in the article states, “Race was brought in because Beyoncé was brought in and, brace yourself, you might want to sit down for this, but Beyoncé is...black! And as a black person, you walk around every day constantly reminded that you are black. We're more likely to get paid less, more likely to get sent to prison and more likely to win a dance competition. What? It’s not all bad. The point is, Beyoncé is black and this song is her message,” she continued. “That's what artists do. Their message is in their music.”
Beyoncé's recent choices and the audience's reaction to these choices, brings about an interesting perspective and cross-section. What is the line between appropriation and appreciation? Should the line be drawn differently with respect to your culture and race or someone else's?