Beyoncé Knowles is an American singer raised in Houston, Texas. She was originally a member of a girl group called Destiny’s Child, but she went on to create her own very successful solo career. Currently her newest album holds the position of the most downloaded album on iTunes, with 828,773 downloads. Beyoncé performed at President Obama’s second inauguration in 2013, which shows just how known she is, as she was asked to perform at such a prestige’s event to such a large audience.
Beyoncé is part African American and part Creole, and despite this and her being a women she has still won 16 Grammys, made the Forbes Top 10 list of entertainers and earned an estimated $350 million as of 2014. This all shows how peoples view on race have changed as in the past an African American/Creole female singer would not have been able to gain this kind of popularity and success. Beyoncé’s fame is an example of how society’s views on race have changed since the past to allow someone of Beyoncé’s heritage to have such a successful career.
Beyoncé has also had a positive impact on many people as Beyoncé has sang of female empowerment and at the recent 2014 VMA’s she sang in front of a large sign saying ‘Feminist’. She then went on to describe the meaning of the word, this is a significant event as it shows an African American women proudly stating how she believes in equality.
To conclude, I believe Beyoncé is a great example of how an African American/Creole women can be treated in today’s society compared to the discrimination she would have faced in the past. Due to the changes in the views on race Beyoncé has been able to reach the level of stardom she has achieved.