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‘Your blackness is beautiful. Your compassion, your understanding, your fight for people who may be different from you is beautiful.”

Beyonce sends a powerful message to the Class of 2020  during YouTube Origrinals ‘Dear Class of 2020’ virtual ceremony!  Honestly, everyone can take something away from this nine minute message.

Beyoncé also praised the ‘change-makers’, referring to the Black Lives Matter movement and she didnt shy away from calling out the sexism in the entertainment business. It’s still very male dominated and as a woman, I did not see enough female role models given the opportunity to do what I knew I had to do: to run my label and management company, to direct my films and produce my tools. That meant ownership, owning my masters, owning my art, owning my future and writing my own story.

“Not enough Black women had a seat at the table. So I had to go and chop down that wood and build my own table. Then I had to invite the best there was to have a seat. That meant hiring women, outsiders, underdogs, people that were overlooked and waiting to be seen many of the best creatives in business.”

“To the young women, our future leaders know that you’re about to make the world turn. I see you. You are everything the world needs. Make those power moves. Be excellent. And so the young kings lean into your vulnerability and redefine masculinity lead with heart.”