Beyonce has released a retrospective short film celebrating the one-year anniversary of the self-titled visual album, BEYONCÉ. Titled, ‘Yours And Mine’, she contemplates fame and what she sacrifices while being a public figure:
I sometimes wish I could be anonymous walking down the street like everyone else. Before I was famous I was the girl on the hill with a guitar. I was the girl that just wanted a beautiful view of the beach. Now that I’m famous it’s really, really difficult to do very simple things….
I think it’s the hardest thing to give up, but my mother always taught me to be strong and to never be a victim, never make excuses, never expect anyone else to provide me things that I know I can provide for myself. I have dreams and I feel like I have a power to actually make those dreams become a reality. When you’re famous, no one looks at you as a human anymore. You become property of the public. There’s nothing real about it.
She also discusses her point of view as a feminist and a wife:
People feel like they lose something when they get married, but it doesn’t have to be that way. There’s nothing more exciting about having a witness to your life. I always considered myself a feminist, although I was always afraid of that word, because people put so much on it, when honestly, it’s very simple: It’s just someone who believes in equality for men and women.
Men and women balance each other out, and we have to get to a point where we are comfortable with appreciating each other. I have a lot of empathy for men and the pressures that they go through and the cultures that have been created, especially for African American men. I have the same empathy for women and the pressures we go through—the woman has to provide so many things for their children.
See the entire short film, on the next page.