In case you missed it: Beyoncé gave the mother of all graduate speeches yesterday in a YouTube livestream tagged Dear Class of 2020, that empowered the future generations.
The 38-year-old entertainer who joined in the Class of 2020 virtual celebrations held due amid the ongoing coronavirus crisis encouraged young high school and college graduates to continue to advocate for underrepresented communities, to continue to do the work to achieve a better tomorrow and to “keep investing and keep betting on yourself.”
“Thank you President [Barack Obama] and Michelle Obama] for including me in this very special day and congratulations to the class of 2020,” she began her speech. “You have arrived here in the middle of a global crisis, a racial pandemic, and worldwide expression of outrage at the senseless killing of yet another unarmed Black man, and you still made it.”
The Lemonade singer then expressed how proud she was for Class of 2020 and for “using your collective voice and letting the world know that Black Lives Matter.” She also opened up about her upbringing and education and urged the Class of 2020 graduates to “please remember to take a little time to give thanks to your family members and to the community who’s been such a big support system to you.”
The singer then acknowledged that she understands it can be hard for the upcoming graduates to step out “and bet on yourself” but that it’s important to do so. She went on to share her thoughts on the business industry and how it can “still be very sexist” and “male-dominated.”
The Grammy-winner also addressed the lack of diversity and inclusion in the music industry. “Not enough black women had a seat at the table so I had to go chop down that wood and build my own table,” she explained. She further expressed that she’s been proud to be able to use her influence to highlight, uplift and “show the beauty of Black people to the world.”
Before concluding her speech, Beyoncé shared words of encouragement and empowerment to the LGTBQ community during Pride Month.
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