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One of HelloGiggles' "50 Most Anticipated Books of 2019" From the editor of the bestselling anthology The Meaning of Michelle, a celebration of one of the greatest stars of our time The Ultimate Beyonce Collectible Beyoncé. Her name conjures more than music, it has come to be synonymous with beauty, glamour, power, creativity, love, and romance. Her performances are legendary One of HelloGiggles' "50 Most Anticipated Books of 2019" From the editor of the bestselling anthology The Meaning of Michelle, a celebration of one of the greatest stars of our time The Ultimate Beyonce Collectible Beyoncé. Her name conjures more than music, it has come to be synonymous with beauty, glamour, power, creativity, love, and romance. Her performances are legendary, her album releases events. She is not even forty but she has already rewritten the Beyoncé playbook more than half a dozen times. She is consistently provocative, political and surprising. As a solo artist, she has sold more than 100 million records. She has won 22 Grammys and is the most-nominated woman artist in the history of Grammy awards. Her 2018 performance at Coachella wowed the world. The New York Times wrote: "There's not likely to be a more meaningful, absorbing, forceful and radical performance by an American musician this year or any year soon." Artist, business woman, mother, daughter, sister, wife, black feminist, Queen Bey is endlessly fascinating. Queen Bey features a diverse range of voices, from star academics to outspoken cultural critics to Hollywood and music stars. Essays include: "What Might a Black Girl Be in This World," an introduction by Veronica Chambers "Beychella is Proof That Beyoncé is the Greatest Performer Alive. I’m Not Arguing." by Luvvie Ajayi "On the Journey Together," by Lena Waithe "What Beyoncé Means to Everyone," by Meredith Broussard with visualizations by Andrew Harvard and Juan Carlos Mora "Jay-Z's Apology to Beyoncé Isn't Just Celebrity Gossip — It's a Political Act" by Brittney Cooper "All Her Single Ladies" by Kid Fury "The Elevator" by Ylonda Gault "The Art of Being Beyoncé" by Maria Brito "Getting, Giving and Leaving" by Melissa Harris Perry and Mankaprr Conteh "Beyoncé the Brave" by Reshma Saujani "Living into the Lemonade: Redefining Black Women’s Spirituality in the Age of Beyoncé" by Candice Benbow "Beyoncé’s Radical Ways" by Carmen Perez "Finding la Reina in Queen Bey" by Isabel Gonzalez Whitaker "Beyoncé, Influencer" by Elodie Maillet Storm "The King of Pop and the Queen of Everything" by Michael Eric Dyson "Style So Sacred" by Edward Enninful "The Beauty of Beyoncé" by Fatima Robinson "Because Beyoncé." by Ebro Darden "King Bey" by Treva B. Lindsey "Meridonial: Beyoncé’s Southern Roots and References" by Robin M. Boylorn "B & V: A Love Letter" by Caroline Clarke


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One of HelloGiggles' "50 Most Anticipated Books of 2019" From the editor of the bestselling anthology The Meaning of Michelle, a celebration of one of the greatest stars of our time The Ultimate Beyonce Collectible Beyoncé. Her name conjures more than music, it has come to be synonymous with beauty, glamour, power, creativity, love, and romance. Her performances are legendary One of HelloGiggles' "50 Most Anticipated Books of 2019" From the editor of the bestselling anthology The Meaning of Michelle, a celebration of one of the greatest stars of our time The Ultimate Beyonce Collectible Beyoncé. Her name conjures more than music, it has come to be synonymous with beauty, glamour, power, creativity, love, and romance. Her performances are legendary, her album releases events. She is not even forty but she has already rewritten the Beyoncé playbook more than half a dozen times. She is consistently provocative, political and surprising. As a solo artist, she has sold more than 100 million records. She has won 22 Grammys and is the most-nominated woman artist in the history of Grammy awards. Her 2018 performance at Coachella wowed the world. The New York Times wrote: "There's not likely to be a more meaningful, absorbing, forceful and radical performance by an American musician this year or any year soon." Artist, business woman, mother, daughter, sister, wife, black feminist, Queen Bey is endlessly fascinating. Queen Bey features a diverse range of voices, from star academics to outspoken cultural critics to Hollywood and music stars. Essays include: "What Might a Black Girl Be in This World," an introduction by Veronica Chambers "Beychella is Proof That Beyoncé is the Greatest Performer Alive. I’m Not Arguing." by Luvvie Ajayi "On the Journey Together," by Lena Waithe "What Beyoncé Means to Everyone," by Meredith Broussard with visualizations by Andrew Harvard and Juan Carlos Mora "Jay-Z's Apology to Beyoncé Isn't Just Celebrity Gossip — It's a Political Act" by Brittney Cooper "All Her Single Ladies" by Kid Fury "The Elevator" by Ylonda Gault "The Art of Being Beyoncé" by Maria Brito "Getting, Giving and Leaving" by Melissa Harris Perry and Mankaprr Conteh "Beyoncé the Brave" by Reshma Saujani "Living into the Lemonade: Redefining Black Women’s Spirituality in the Age of Beyoncé" by Candice Benbow "Beyoncé’s Radical Ways" by Carmen Perez "Finding la Reina in Queen Bey" by Isabel Gonzalez Whitaker "Beyoncé, Influencer" by Elodie Maillet Storm "The King of Pop and the Queen of Everything" by Michael Eric Dyson "Style So Sacred" by Edward Enninful "The Beauty of Beyoncé" by Fatima Robinson "Because Beyoncé." by Ebro Darden "King Bey" by Treva B. Lindsey "Meridonial: Beyoncé’s Southern Roots and References" by Robin M. Boylorn "B & V: A Love Letter" by Caroline Clarke

30 review for Queen Bey: A Celebration of the Power and Creativity of Beyonc� Knowles-Carter

  1. 5 out of 5

    Amy-GallivantingPages

    *** 2 Stars *** Expected Publication Date: March 5, 2019 I absolutely love Beyonce. I've grown up with her and followed her throughout the years. I still remember when I had to have a House of Dereon sweatshirt with fur hood. Unfortunately this book wasn't what I expected. I wanted this to be a biography about Beyonce but instead each chapter is an essay by a different author about how Beyonce influenced their life. I didn't know who a single author was so I didn't relate much. The stories had me *** 2 Stars *** Expected Publication Date: March 5, 2019 I absolutely love Beyonce. I've grown up with her and followed her throughout the years. I still remember when I had to have a House of Dereon sweatshirt with fur hood. Unfortunately this book wasn't what I expected. I wanted this to be a biography about Beyonce but instead each chapter is an essay by a different author about how Beyonce influenced their life. I didn't know who a single author was so I didn't relate much. The stories had me thinking about how those moments affected me growing up, however, this just fell flat for me. Special Thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for allowing me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kayle Barnes

    I was late to being a Beyoncé fan, but I got here as fast as I could (2013 eponymous "Beyoncé" album. This is book is for: * Anyone who (still) wonders (in the year of our Lord) why Beyoncé means so much to so many different people *Beyhive members who want cultural critics to back up their devotion to Queen/King Bey *Anyone needing/wanting a book to complement Beyoncé's latest cultural offerings ("Homecoming" on Netflix, "Lemonade" being available on streaming services, her Adidas drop and more Thi I was late to being a Beyoncé fan, but I got here as fast as I could (2013 eponymous "Beyoncé" album. This is book is for: * Anyone who (still) wonders (in the year of our Lord) why Beyoncé means so much to so many different people *Beyhive members who want cultural critics to back up their devotion to Queen/King Bey *Anyone needing/wanting a book to complement Beyoncé's latest cultural offerings ("Homecoming" on Netflix, "Lemonade" being available on streaming services, her Adidas drop and more This read is entirely laudatory, so don't read it expecting nuance about Beyoncé, but rather for qualitative and quantitative reasons why she's significant at a global and personal score. I came away agreeing that she been on.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Adams

    This book seriously surpassed my expectations. A collection of essays by intelligent people, this is not simply a love letter to Beyonce. It analyzes aspects of her music/dance/fashion/art through ethnic/gender/political lens. Eye-opening, empowering, and inspiring.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Allison

    I really enjoyed reading this essay collection on Queen Bey, Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter. It was a fun, easy read. Some essays stuck out more than others. The essays aren't so much about Beyoncé as they are about her impact on culture, art, and individuals. The essays that stuck out to me the most were by Lena Waithe, Brittney Cooper, Robin Boylorn and Kid Fury. This would make for a good beach read or for alternating through reading the essays with another, heavier read like I did. Thanks to I really enjoyed reading this essay collection on Queen Bey, Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter. It was a fun, easy read. Some essays stuck out more than others. The essays aren't so much about Beyoncé as they are about her impact on culture, art, and individuals. The essays that stuck out to me the most were by Lena Waithe, Brittney Cooper, Robin Boylorn and Kid Fury. This would make for a good beach read or for alternating through reading the essays with another, heavier read like I did. Thanks to St. Martin's Press for the free advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Donna Hines

    Whether you love or hate her you must respect her. Queen Bey is at the top of her game but she didn't just fall upon her success she earned it . Haters come and haters go but her truly devoted fans will never leave her side. They love what she stands for, how she unites them, how she encourages them to move forward beyond the division we are all now experiencing. She is truly a beautiful person inside and out and for many they simply want others to see all her sides evenly and not through filtered l Whether you love or hate her you must respect her. Queen Bey is at the top of her game but she didn't just fall upon her success she earned it . Haters come and haters go but her truly devoted fans will never leave her side. They love what she stands for, how she unites them, how she encourages them to move forward beyond the division we are all now experiencing. She is truly a beautiful person inside and out and for many they simply want others to see all her sides evenly and not through filtered lens. She may sometimes push the envelope but she never strays. Unique stories told from those who know her best. A great read

  6. 5 out of 5

    Walker Iversen

    This is a lovely and personal collection of very digestible essays from a variety of contributors. From Lena Waithe and Melissa Harris Perry to a YouTuber and a choreographer, the essays are all testimonies to Beyoncé or an aspect of her life and career that has profoundly affected each author. It was refreshing to hear Beyoncé’s legacy discussed and even critiqued so candidly, but all in recognition of her undeniable importance.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie

    An engaging and entertaining collection of essays that celebrate and interrogate Beyoncé's cultural legacy. I really appreciated the discussion on Lemonade and look forward to downloading the Lemonade syllabus.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Cristie Underwood

    This biography was well researched and contained a lot of information that I hadn’t previously read in other books. The author’s attention to detail is evident in the writing. Highly recommend!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Taylor (TaysInfiniteThougts)

    While I'm not a huge Beyonce fan, I did like reading about why other other people admire her so much. I think Beyonce is a beautiful and talented woman and I'm happy that she has inspired so many women. Being a woman of color, Beyonce inspires so many other women of color to be who they are and not be held down by society or a man. Beyonce shows women, through her music, that they have a voice! This book celebrates that through essays from a lot of different people and I think it's great.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Courtney

    If you didn't guess from my picture, I'm a full fledged member of Beyoncé Anonymous. This is an organization for people who are not just fans, but who are addicted to Queen Bey in unhealthy, alert your next of kin kind of way. So, yeah, you might say this book could have been two hundred pages of "Bleb, bleb, bleb, go f*** yourself" and I still would have liked it. So, feel free to grade me on a Bey Curve if you don't trust my opinion. On the other hand, I have been known to tell he occasional f If you didn't guess from my picture, I'm a full fledged member of Beyoncé Anonymous. This is an organization for people who are not just fans, but who are addicted to Queen Bey in unhealthy, alert your next of kin kind of way. So, yeah, you might say this book could have been two hundred pages of "Bleb, bleb, bleb, go f*** yourself" and I still would have liked it. So, feel free to grade me on a Bey Curve if you don't trust my opinion. On the other hand, I have been known to tell he occasional four year old that his kindergarten art project was "No Picasso", so I am able to put emotions aside. But look, in all sincerity, I think this is phenomenal book that takes the seemingly ordinary and transforms into something enlightening and educational. And in today's brainless society where the concept of eating Tide Pods and the word "challenge" are put in the same sentence, any book that detours our minds, however subversively, into the realm of the intellectual is a welcome reprieve. A gateway drug to enlightenment, if you will. Entitled Queen Bey: A Celebration of the Power and Creativity of Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, this book touches on prescient themes such as civil rights, feminism, sexuality, art, and that burning question: Why'd Solange slap the hell of Jay-Z in that elevator? (OK, we all know it was "Becky with the good hair" but still). In this you learn that Beyoncé (bows head in reverence) is not just a pretty face with a good voice and perfect legs that make you want to punch your personal trainer and say "Why can't I have those!" She, like all of us, is a layered, complex, and sometimes contradictory person trying to uplift and educate through her music. And if one takes the time to examine the subtle nooks and crannies of her work, you might be surprised at what you might find. And, heaven forbid, you might find yourself engaging in Gaston's and Lafoe's most dangerous pasttime: Thinking. Yes, some of the essays might seem like intellectuals trying force things (That roach that crawled across the stage during Beyonce's performance of No, No, No on her Ladies First tour was symbolic of the existential tension between yin and yang as we get catapulted in a thankless world to an inevitable and pointless death), but the good thing about this book is that the essays are each their own work. And you don't have to agree with everything. And, don't get it twisted, though this work is indeed a celebration of the reigning Queen and King of Pop (Yes, she is both -- don't at me), it does seriously address the internal contradictions in her work. She is supposed to be uplifting toward women, creating empowering songs like "I'm a Survivor" and "Single Ladies" but she turns around and makes songs telling her female detractors to "Bow Down Bitches". She seems to succumb to the "male gaze", dancing like two cent stripper in works like Partition. These paradoxes may not be addressed to your liking, but they are explored. But the most important part of this book is that it delivers exactly what the title says. It is a celebration of Beyoncé -- her hard work, her intellect, her contributions to the craft, the way she has touched fans uniquely and individually across all demographics. When you are reading some of these essay, the beauty of her majestic nature just pops off the page and inspires you to embrace your inner self, conquer the world, track down "Becky with the good hair" slap her like she stole something. Old songs, you'd forgotten a long time ago, are given an added dimension -- they take on a new life and are revitalized. So, if you're a fan, read this book and then hit Bey up on your IPOD, and see her work come alive in a whole new way.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sierra

    Like most, I picked up this book believing it would be an in-depth look at Beyonce's artistry and cultural influence. While that can be found in this novel, and some of it is really well said, the majority of the book reads as each essayist's personal journey of discovering Beyonce and how Beyonce impacted their own lives. This will be endearing to those who love and adore Beyonce and I can enthusiastically recommend this book to those fans. For the general audience, however, the collection of e Like most, I picked up this book believing it would be an in-depth look at Beyonce's artistry and cultural influence. While that can be found in this novel, and some of it is really well said, the majority of the book reads as each essayist's personal journey of discovering Beyonce and how Beyonce impacted their own lives. This will be endearing to those who love and adore Beyonce and I can enthusiastically recommend this book to those fans. For the general audience, however, the collection of essays taken from blog posts and magazine articles that comprise this book will be difficult to appreciate. Anyone unfamiliar with Beyonce's music and life would find it difficult to grasp at many of the essayists points. Simply saying that one loves Beyonce because her music personally influenced their life is not enough for those who aren't familiar with her to understand what is meant by this. Looking at the subtitle, the word "celebration" does encapsulate what this book is getting at. A celebration does not require an explanation if everyone gathered knows what the celebration is for. And why would you be at the celebration if you didn't know? Despite the confusion over this book's intention, there are some eloquently written passages and beautiful photographs that kept me interested. Below is a quote that is my favorite passage from the book. While talking on just one aspect of Beyonce's artistry, I find that is captures what many of the essayists are saying: Beyonce is celebrated in spite of the obstacles she faces because of her varied talent and ingenuity and we are inspired because of this. “With the inclusion of a traditional country song on Lemonade, Beyonce insisted that the ownership of country music not limited to white people in Nashville, or Black men in the dirt South. ‘Daddy Lessons,’ a track about the advice a wayward father gives to his daughter about ‘men like him,’ includes all the trappings of a country song, including straightforward storytelling and references to evangelical christianity, guns, and relationships. Despite the success of the song, including an invitation for Beyonce to perform at the Country Music Awards in 2016, it was rejected by the Recording Academy’s country music committee and was therefore ineligible for a Grammy award nomination in the country music categories–a seeming rejection of her efforts at portraying herself or her brand as country. Her foray into the country music realm was met with skepticism for some (who claimed it wasn’t ‘country enough’), and support from others (who say it was ‘classic country’). Despite the disputes, the song, which was later covered by the country group Dixie Chicks, proves Beyonce’s artistry crosses boundaries and genres–and that the Southern roots and references of Bey’s music catalogue are expansive enough to include handclaps and two-steps,” (page 197, “Meridional,” Boylorn Robin M.). (Note: Beyonce's name is spelled with an accent about the e, but Goodreads has a tendency to not display this character correctly. I decided to use an unaccented e for smoother reading).

  12. 4 out of 5

    Katy

    We all worship Bey, so it was more than wonderful to find a book of essays celebrating her music, feminism, Southern roots, representing people of color, being an ally to the LGBTQ community, etc. Several perspectives stood out the most - "What Might A Black Girl Be In This World?", "The Elevator", "The Art of Being Beyonce", and "King Bey", to name a few. Each essay is under several pages long, and there's a variety of voices shining through so none of them feel similar. However, the main porti We all worship Bey, so it was more than wonderful to find a book of essays celebrating her music, feminism, Southern roots, representing people of color, being an ally to the LGBTQ community, etc. Several perspectives stood out the most - "What Might A Black Girl Be In This World?", "The Elevator", "The Art of Being Beyonce", and "King Bey", to name a few. Each essay is under several pages long, and there's a variety of voices shining through so none of them feel similar. However, the main portion of topics stemming from a personal identity through her music, fierce work ethic, and watching her legacy grow became repetitive. I'm a hardcore Beyonce fan because her music has truly helped me through good and bad times, and I've always looked up to her. That said, it's not only her music that inspired - her fashion, film, confidence she exudes with her curves, and lots of milestone moments like Destiny's Child "Survivor" anthem, playing Foxxy Cleopatra in Austin Powers in Goldmember, her role in Dreamgirls, serenading Former Present Barack and First Lady Michelle Obama at the inaugural ball, revealing her pregnancy to Jay-Z and the world at The 2011 VMAs. The book accomplishes making you feel more inspired by Beyonce, and made me want to read more essays that I can find online and revisit her career. As good as this is, I also felt like it could've been a stronger source material too.

  13. 5 out of 5

    BMR, LCSW

    I got an ADC from Netgalley for review. Let me say to start off, I am not a member of the Beyhive. I didn't take Beyonce seriously as an artist until she released Lemonade. Prior to that, I wrote her off as some sort of pop creation/confection. Possibly because I am so much older, she didn't speak to me as she does the 90s babies that are all stan all the time. I picked this up in an attempt to understand why she generated such breathless devotion from the younguns. I certainly understand a lot be I got an ADC from Netgalley for review. Let me say to start off, I am not a member of the Beyhive. I didn't take Beyonce seriously as an artist until she released Lemonade. Prior to that, I wrote her off as some sort of pop creation/confection. Possibly because I am so much older, she didn't speak to me as she does the 90s babies that are all stan all the time. I picked this up in an attempt to understand why she generated such breathless devotion from the younguns. I certainly understand a lot better. Beychella WAS a complete triumph, she is at the zenith of her career with no signs of relenting. Her ability to record and release product at will on her own terms is enough to tag her a legend. She will never be as important to me as Mary J. Blige or Janet Jackson...but that doesn't matter. Her impact on music culture; American Culture; the African diaspora; people of all ethnic, gender, and sexual identities in addition to the Black Communities of the US is permanent. She makes people feel seen, and heard, and vital, and beautiful...in a way they never felt before. THAT is why they stan. Recommended for fans, and for folks who want to know what the big deal is.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Chermaine

    I received this book from a giveaway from Goodreads. I loved the interesting takes from each of the authors in this essay compilation and no opinion was the same. It was like looking in a kaleidoscope of who Beyonce is and I think that it was a very good idea to portray her in this light. If you want a fan of Beyonce who at least understand more of why people are fans or get to know her better even if not exactly in her own words.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sherry Scheline

    Let me start by saying I LOVE BEYONCE!!!! Some of the things that stuck out to me... The author talks about Michael Jackson and refers to him as “pure.” I’m just not sure in this time frame of life with Netflix airing Leaving Neverland that using the word “pure” is appropriate. The next chapter that follows is JayZ. It was overall just poor timing. This book is wonderful for super fans. It is a wonderful glimpse into the public and private lives of Beyoncé and Jay-z.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Terri Layton

    It's an alright book. If you are a fan you will love it. As for me personally nothing made me step back and say this is why she is who she is. The only part of the book that I found great was when it got into the elevator situation. I felt as if so many women could relate to this very uncomfortable situation. If you are a fan you will love it!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sally

    Lovely, lively essays by Michael Eric Dyson, Melissa Harris-Perry and many others who bear witness to Beyonce's talent, determination and tremendous influence upon black women of all ages. Insightful and fun.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    The book was well composed but I think you’d have to be a super Beyoncé fan to enjoy this book and unfortunately I am not. It was a good way to let Beyoncé fans share an essay about why she is amazing but just wasn’t for me.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    Some of the essays are distinctly better than others, so the book was kind of a mixed bag for me. I particularly liked when the authors delved into how particular artwork has influenced Beyonce's videos, Instagram, and overall aesthetic.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Neil McGee

    Gave up 5 chapters in as I found the language very offensive. Although not to my liking, there was a waitlist for this book at my library, so I choose to return so that mother's may enjoy.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Erika Kraus

    I won this book in the good reads giveaway! I love Beyonce and had a lot of fun learning about her life and accomplishments.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Alisa

    While I thought this book would be more insight into her life, it was actually essays written by different people about her achievements and resonance. Good book, but it wasn't what I expected.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    3.5/5

  24. 4 out of 5

    Rhea

    Every member of the Bey Hive should read this!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Wendy Kravetz

    Wow ! Great book of essays of how Beyonce touch peoples lives . I recall how me and my two daughters saw her in concert just at the beginning of her music career and how she has grown since.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Wendelle So

    a book celebrating the impact of one of the most beautiful women on the world, by the women who grew up with her music, her grace, the very political statement itself of her existence and ambition

  27. 5 out of 5

    L'Oreal

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jason C

  29. 4 out of 5

    LT

  30. 5 out of 5

    LaTonya Roberts (IG:RemindMeToRead)

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