Beyoncé Knowles is a multi-platinum, award winning artist. Her music has influenced pop culture and billions of people all over the world. She is known to many as a singer, dancer, actress, and philanthropist.  Music has always been one of my passions, and Beyoncé is arguably one of the most influential female artists of this decade. While I do want to follow in her footsteps in these aspects, I admire Beyoncé for much more than what she presents to the world.

screen-shot-2017-10-24-at-6-54-03-pm-minShe wasn’t born with an innate talent for music; she worked hard and sacrificed to get where she is today, holding the title of the highest-paid female black musician of 2017. Her rise to fame came while she was part of the girl group Destiny’s Child. The group’s success helped to launch Beyoncé’s solo career, which skyrocketed and gave her opportunities that furthered her career, like her starring role in the 2006 movie Dreamgirls.

When Eminent was introduced and it was said that we had to relate in some way to the person we would choose, I immediately set out to find powerful African American women that specialized in the fields I was interested in. Some of my favourite things to do are play basketball, sing, and dance, but I didn’t know any professional female basketball players or dancers that had made a big enough impact on the world. While contemplating which path I should follow, it hit me that the answer was right in front of my face. Beyoncé is not only an extremely successful artist, but she empowers women everywhere through her music.

She and I are both privileged females of African descent who share a passion for music and current issues in the world today. I want to learn how I could break into the entertainment industry, and how to improve my singing. Beyoncé is well known for her music, but I realized that what I knew about her was mostly superficial. Therefore, I have decided to use Eminent this year to explore the many facets of Beyoncé.