It is a reminder!
Simply 3 weeks in the past, Beyoncé stopped the world once more along with her newest album Renaissance; an ode to and reclaiming of deep home music, Black LGBTQ Ballroom tradition, and her pricey Uncle Johnny.
Renaissance is a really feel good album created to make us dance, escape a few of the societal turmoil we’ve needed to endure over the previous 2 and a half years, and to remind us to be happy with who we’re and the completely different marks we are going to all go away on this world.
Beyoncé will not be new to creating girls’s empowerment anthems (I imply, she’s been writing them because the age of 16!) neither is she new to producing music that facilities Black folks and our varied marginalized voices. She has been utilizing her music to specific her political ideas and stances for the previous few years. Her new hit, Cozy, is not any completely different.
Cozy is an Affirmation
Whereas listening to Renaissance for what might be my one hundredth time, I got here to the belief that this album is solely an audible assortment of affirmations; a candy be aware to your self to like your self despite what society, naysayers, and doubters attempt to let you know about your self.
Cozy has shortly turn into the stand out observe amongst fats optimistic influencers and plus dimension content material creators as you see them reveling within the lyrics whereas scrolling Instagram and TikTok.
Beyoncé kicks off Cozy by proclaiming, “It is a reminder!” She units us as much as take be aware and heed to what’s to come back and follows up her warning with, “Rattling I really like the dagger from the burning of the phrases that you simply say, Kiss my scars as a result of I really like what they made.” Bey is making an announcement about her put up child physique and never solely honoring her physique for what it’s finished but in addition bigging herself up in a approach that’s the right mixture of braggadocious and horny.
Let’s Breakdown Cozy’s Function
Featured on this tune to solidify the message of physique liberation in all varieties, is plus dimension Black trans lady, media & cultural sensation, TS Madison. Beyoncé samples TS Madison’s YouTube video speech, “Bitch I’m Black” the place TS explicitly shares her pleasure in being a Black particular person and the way vital it’s to her, all whereas naming all the opposite identities she holds and the way a lot oppression she is compounded with.
TS particulars are exhausted from being a Black, huge bodied, transwoman, and having her Blackness erased attributable to her transness. Madison makes use of this second to call that she is “fats and juicy” and bored with being hidden within the shadows by males who love her solely within the darkness and by no means within the gentle.
Within the Shadows
“I’m cozy. I really like me. I’m juicy. You hate me cuz you need me.” It’s pivotal right here that we uplift the other ways fats girls, trans girls, and different marginalized those that Bey is penning this self-love letter to, to expertise romantic love.
It’s vital as a result of very similar to TS Madison, we all know what it means to be hidden as fats Black girls and what it means for society and people sexually interested in you to wish to hurt you, not simply since you look the way in which you look, however as a result of they secretly love the way in which you look.
As a fats Black lady, I do know what it appears and appears like for a romantic accomplice or love curiosity to solely take you out on late dates, to solely obtain invitations to somebody’s condominium, however by no means artistic or enjoyable outings.
Cozy is greater than an anthem for fats Black girls; it’s a rallying cry and declaration for people who find themselves othered in society, to take middle stage.
It’s a tune with deeper layers that reminds us to bop in entrance of the mirror bare whereas hugging all of the components of us that the world round us rejects. It’s the required step we’d like in direction of true physique liberation. All of us need to be snug in our pores and skin.
Thanks for the reminder, Bey.
P.S. Try these plus dimension influencers getting cozy! @Chrissybstyles, @MsKristine, @Thenitadanielle, @StillGlitter, @Victoria_Yetunde, @SydneyBell, @Oyamabotha!
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