Beyoncé is a singer known for her fantastic voice, rejuvenating dance moves, and most importantly her empowering throughout her songs. These skills are no different in her song “Pretty Hurts.” Released on June 10, 2014, from her self-titled album Beyoncé, the song written by Sia, Joshua “Ammo” Coleman, and Beyoncé herself resonates its empowering message with people of all different genders, body types, and races. This song, in particular, is targeted towards women, especially young women who are still developing. Beyoncé gained popularity when she started off in an all-female group named Destiny’s Child back in 1997, and once she broke off from the group, she only continued to grow as an artist and person. In all six of Beyoncé’s solo studio albums, there are songs with galvanizing messages of female power and all of them reached number 1 on the charts. In Beyoncé’s song “Pretty Hurts,” she uses social issues, rhetorical appeals such as pathos, literary devices, metaphors, and vivid imagery to further the theme of female empowerment.
Prince Royce is mainly trying to say that people should not judge or be judged by their physical appearance but by what they have and feel in their hearts. This song is trying to capture women who think they are not good enough. They think of themselves as something lower and have difficult time to see themselves but rather see what they don’t have. They feel not beautiful and have low self esteem. He also tells that he also is not perfect and that love never see faces but hearts.
Beyoncé uses “Formation” as a continuation of the story in “Freedom” by making a statement about working hard to obtain what she wants and pride in her roots, particularly her southern black heritage. She alludes to how far she has come when she says she rocks her Givenchy dress (citation). Here, she is calling attention to how far she has come and the fortune she has earned by referencing her Givenchy dresses, a luxury brand only someone well off can afford. However, she did not forget where she came from and references her heritage in the second verse when she says “My daddy Alabama, Momma Louisiana” She is
For nearly twenty years, Beyoncé has lived her life in the public eye yet she has always kept her cool, been submissive, and rather quiet when it came to her personal endeavors however after releasing the film “Lemonade”, we are able to see her in a vulnerable light. In Jeremy Helliger’s article: “Dear Beyhive: Stop Whining. Beyoncé Still Hasn’t Earned Her Album Of The Year Grammy” he addresses the idea that although Beyoncé was able to encourage black women to be proud and free, she also she missed the mark by adding raunchy, over the top content to her vulnerability.
To begin, this story includes everyday oppressional forces that weigh down young women. The characters' roles as pageant girls continue even after their plane crashes on a desert island. This exposes the toxic conditioning they've faced and the spotlight they've been placed in their whole lives. It seems the only time these women feel empowered and respected is when others are rooting for them and their looks. As early as the introduction, it's revealed that "a camera crew bravely recording every bit of the turbulence and drama", (page 3) was following the girls around during the beauty pageant. On a figurative level, the cameras may represent the eyes and attention placed on these women. The contestants regard it as normal, however it deeply contributes to their lack of respect in society; the
She dances in a colonial house’s hallway; while drawing reference to several southern states, while displays that she loves herself and her origin. She illustrates to the audience they should be proud of their ethnicities and celebrate their origins and draws focus on the many people devastated in New Orleans. Sometimes, throughout society there is pressure to alter ones skin tone, nose, or hair to conform to the while Anglo-Saxon expectations of beauty. In this video, Beyoncé makes it clear that she’s not interested in this from embracing her ethnicities and Southern
Beyoncé Knowles’s Lemonade video album brings the words of Beyoncé into a visual media and shows the viewer a deeper meaning behind the album. After this video came out many articles came forward analyzing Lemonade. One article, in particular, that was intriguing is Bell Hooks “Moving Beyond Pain.” Hooks starts her article saying that the Lemonade video was created as a money-making, business strategy, but as the text continues the reader can conclude that “Moving Beyond Pain” is actually about African American women, and women in general, standing up for themselves.
The song come out on Friday February 6, 2016, the day before the Super Bowl 50 was hosted. Through the song she embraced her blackness and the stereotype southerners have created to the black-American people and she also involved herself with the black lives matter movement. Beyoncé State,“Y’all haters corny with that illuminati mess”( Beyoncé 2016). This is a part Of the song's introduction were Beyoncé declare some words to her haters that continue to get involved in her personal life. When the song’s tempo and beat start to increase the musician wrote some lines describing her roots and her mother birthright. The female artist involved a lot of her past and family members but she also attached the different kind of problems African American people had to go through the 1900’s and still are fighting
Beyoncé’s choice of lyrics in the song “Formation” reflect a cultural reclamation and celebration of being multiple things: an African-American of any sex, a woman of any race, and specifically a black woman. These multiple messages are allowed for by lyrical content that ultimately asks members of all these marginalized groups to “get into formation” in singing an anthem for empowerment. “Formation” begins with a few words from Messy Mya, a YouTube personality who was murdered in 2010 and was known for his overt satire regarding violence against the black community in New Orleans. This sets the stage for the political message the following lyrics portray. “The intersection between hip-hop and politics has empowered a generation of youth to believe that they not only have rights but maybe even an obligation to make a difference in their world” (Alalman, p. 42, 2011). Expressing self-feelings, thoughts or views through music can make a change in the world, which is what Beyoncé does through her music. The actions in the song is further reinforced in the music video, through African American women fighting for respect on the streets, creating a sense of devotion in the audience. Moreover, the artist openly addresses the culture of open social hate towards black features “I like my baby hair with baby hair afro, I like my negro nose with Jackson 5 nostrils”, to which she responds by accepting them as special traits to be cherished and not ashamed of. By embracing all these pejorative
This song is all about Taylor convincing her crush that she is better for him than his current girlfriend. In this line, Taylor mainly talks about the boy’s current girlfriend and all the qualities that make it sound like she’s wrong for him. In this part of the song she mainly uses pathos to sway the judgement of the boy and more importantly, her fans listening to the song. Pathos is very important when trying to convince people because humans tend to concentrate on the emotional aspect of things. Especially when it comes to music. Using pathos, Taylor is able to stir up negative emotions about the complaining girlfriend right at the beginning of the song. At the last part of the line, she also uses pathos to show the contrast between her
While noticeably referring to the “free” Creole Bourgeoisie of color in the late 1800’s infused with the Victorian Era in relation to the Queen Victoria’s reign. There is a quick shot of Beyoncé wearing all white in reflection of the attire worn in that era by this wealthy race of people. The symbolism of the Victorian Era relates to the ideology of femininity. Her lyrics specifically says, “Okay ladies now let’s get in formation”. Being that Beyoncé can be considered a part of the modern-day elite, she is illustrating
Beyonce uses pathos, the first of the three appeals in her song by using very descriptive phrases. When she states, “I’d listen to her, `cause I know how it hurts,” Beyonce is telling her audience that she understands what it is like to be hurt, and that if she were a boy, she would treat her women better because she could understand where she was coming from. This tugs at the listener’s heart because you can see that she has been emotionally hurt from a past relationship. Also, many people can relate to what she is disclosing. It is human nature for people to get emotionally damaged in a relationship and therefore her feelings are empathized. She also uses syntax by the way she orders her words by telling a story. If the song was not in story form, it would not produce the great impact that it does.
look and point at gay couples, it is human nature to feel singled out and targeted. This song states that We are beautiful no matter what they say/ Yes, words can't bring us down, oh no. It is trying to help the stereotypes understand that being beautiful is more than the image, it is the inner beauty. Gay people may become ashamed of there orientation because the socially acceptable way to be is straight. This is a double standard of the lyrics, because it states that even if people do act in rude and unkind manners, the gay people will still consider themselves beautiful. But this
Her tone leads us to her message, which is that Christina Aguilera is, indeed, satisfied with herself and everything she is. She explains that despite whatever anyone says, she will not be discouraged in any means. She wants the reader and listener to comprehend that she doesn't need anyone to dishearten her of what exactly she is. She expresses to the reader and listener that she, herself will not be stressed by others negative disapproval. Her purpose is to basically state that she is who she is and no one will change that and addresses someone that there opinion would not matter, regardless.