Beyonce Gives Tells Class of 2020: Don’t Criticize Somebody Else For What They Are NOT Doing – Be About That Action! [VIDEO]
Beyoncé along with an all-star cast of pop stars delivered powerful send off messages to the class of 2020 during Barack and Michelle Obama’s YouTube “Dear Class of 2020” commencement ceremony over the weekend (June 7th). She beings saying,
“Congratulations to the class of 2020, 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 human being. And you still made it, we’re so proud of you.”
In her 10 minute speech, Beyonce addressed the countless protests that had sprung up around the world in the wake of George Floyd’s killing at the hands of the Minneapolis police.
“Thank you for using your collective voice in letting the word know that Black Lives Matter. Real change has started with you, this new generation of high school and college graduates we celebrate today.”
— theJasmineBRAND (@thejasminebrand) June 7, 2020
Beyonce also adds a few words of encouragement,
“Don’t criticize somebody else for what they are not doing, you be it. Be about it. Be about that action and go do it. Keep your eye on your intention. Don’t let any outside distraction or your own insecurity stop you from your gaol.”
As a mother of two young girls, Beyonce also took the time to put the spotlight on sexism in the music industry. Beyonce reveals during her speech that even she had the task of struggling against fighting sexism since the beginning of her decades-long career.
“As a woman, I did not see enough female role models given the opportunity to do what I knew I had to do. To run my label and management company, to direct my tours, that meant ownership — owning my masters, owning my heart, owning my future and owning my own story. Your queerness is beautiful, your blackness is beautiful, your compassion, your understanding, your fight for people who may be different from you is beautiful.”
Other guest speakers included the likes of Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake, Jennifer Lopez, Kelly Rowland, Kevin Durant, Alicia Keys, Zendaya and more.
Lizzo kicked off the event by playing the graduation song alongside The New York Philharmonic.
See Beyonce’s full speech below:
Congratulations to all of the graduates of 2020!