CRAIG GLAZER CELEBRATES BEYONCÉ AND THE ASCENDANCY OF BLACK WOMEN!!!
TKC Note: A recent message from our friend Criag Glazer seems appropriate for Black History Month and provides his perspective on pop culture and changing attitudes.
Super Bowl Sensation Beyoncé
‘Hey, where did we go, Days when the rains came? Down in the hollow, Playin' a new game, Laughin' and a-runnin', hey hey, Skippin' and a-jumpin', In the misty mornin' fog, With our, our hearts a-thumpin', And you, my brown eyed girl, You my brown eyed girl…’
The day has come. Now even the Super Bowl, America’s biggest one-day entertainment event, features a black female sex symbol; Beyoncé. How times have changed.
If you thought, well, Dianna Ross and the Supremes from yesteryear…maybe. But the show would have looked nothing like the spectacular, sex-driven, MTV video dance extravaganza put on by Beyoncé and Destiny’s Child. Yup. The black female sex symbol has taken charge. Not just Beyoncé. Some think that the incredible game between the San Francisco 49’ers and the Baltimore Ravens was the thing. The media sees it otherwise. Their thing has been the half-time explosion put on by America’s newest female sex symbol, Beyoncé.
Even right here in Kansas City, even sports shows like 610’s ‘The Big Show’ spent almost as much time talking about how badly they would like to spend just one night with Beyoncé as they did the actual Super Bowl game. To hear them, and other media, talk one would think Beyoncé is the hottest female on the planet. Personally, while I find her very attractive, she might be just a wee bit over-rated. Granted, below the belt she is a sight. Looking above the waist, very pretty, but maybe not quite so super. It struck me odd how just a few years ago that having black women represent America as the sex symbol it would have been almost taboo. I was wondering how many beautiful, talented black women from the forties through the eighties were so badly and unfairly overlooked.
Beyoncé has a nice singing voice, but it’s far from spectacular. In fact, the most talented singer on the field was not Beyoncé. That award would have to go to the star of ‘Dream Girls’; Jennifer Hudson. In fact, a trimmed down Hudson may not be too far below the beauty of even Beyoncé. To be fair, I would compare Beyoncé’s talent more closely to Britney Spears. A lot of show and not as much ‘go’. Neither Britney nor Beyoncé’s singing talent alone would be able to compete with Whitney Houston, Barbra Streisand or Bette Midler.
Seeing very pretty, intelligent black women on the arms of white men and black men is now becoming the rage. I, myself, have some experience with being the white guy out with the black hot chick. Having dated Black Barbie (aka Monique Hall) and years ago Channel 9’s Crystal Jackson, I know how exciting it can be. In fact, Kansas City now boasts a female star who is not only beautiful, but clever and intelligent beyond compare; KCTV5’s Kelly Jones.
The black female as sex symbol really took off when Halle Berry put on the Cat-Woman outfit. Even though the movie itself was terrible, Halle and her tight leather outfit were not. Halle would later go on to win Best Actress for the movie ‘Monster’s Ball’. We still haven’t gotten over the most talked about Super Bowl Half Time show starring Janet Jackson when she ‘accidentally on-purpose’ gave us a little flash on national TV.
I’m not too sure the power outage at the Super Bowl wasn’t caused by the explosive half-time show. However, I think for most viewers the delay and wait was worth it.
‘…And whatever happened,To Tuesday and so slow,Going down the old mine, With a transistor radio, Standin' in the sunlight laughin', Hidin' behind a rainbow's wall, Slippin' and a-slidin', All along the waterfall, With you, my brown eyed girl, You my brown eyed girl…’