Beyonce, arguable the most influential black woman in the world, arrived at the Video Music Awards in style. The big question surrounding her arrival was centered around the other members of her group, which included Quvenzhane Wallis (the youngest Oscar nominee in history and Annie actress), models Winnie Harlow and Ava Clark (who have vitiligo and albinism respectively), and “Lezley McSpadden, Gwen Carr, Wanda Johnson and Sybrina Fulton, the mothers of Mike Brown, Eric Garner, Oscar Grant and Trayvon Martin, respectively. Brown, Garner and Grant were killed by police officers, while Martin was shot by neighborhood watch coordinator George Zimmerman in 2012.”
As an influencer, Beyonce is doing a great job promoting #BlackLivesMatter issues along with redefining beauty in fashion. For what her position could afford a community in dire need of leadership, this is an amazing first step. I would love to see Beyonce also include bigger issues within the black community as well (i.e. education and wealth distribution). I challenge Beyonce to next year, bring with her black entrepreneurs (maybe in fashion, marketing, and music), who need an opportunity to help promote and market their businesses. Black females are the poorest segmented group in America and it’s not even close. As a success black female, taking the next step of promoting black female businesses could help generate millions.