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Entertainment of Tuesday, 30 June 2020

Source: MyNigeria

Nigerian model drags Beyoncé for using African culture in new movie Black is King

A Nigerian model has dragged singer Beyonce for tapping into African culture with her new movie Black is King.

Black is King which is done in conjunction with Disney is inspired by part of Beyonce's work in the animation Lion King.

In a series of tweets, @Dimssoo wondered why Beyonce who doesn't include Africa in all her tours is suddenly showing love to the continent.

She wrote: "Beyonce including African culture in her music but never adding Africa to her tours. Same Beyonce making a whole movie based off Africa and its culture that’s not available in Africa.

"I want to add that I’m not saying she has to come to Nigeria or what not. I’m saying she’s contributing to the problematic ideologies of how ‘Africa’ is viewed to line her own pockets. And Africa isn’t even a country. She’s mostly taking from Yoruba culture so if you’re gonna speak on something, come correct. Africa is not some prop, you can’t come and pull from our culture from when it’s convenient. That’s appropriation. And not everytime ‘we were kings’ pls some of us were palm wine tappers.

"We don’t wake up in the morning and tie our wrapper and put chalk on our face and scream ‘WAKANDA’ then go and hunt lions. We wake up and open twitter like the rest of the world. Pls stop pushing this old narrative bc later it’s the same black Americans, in an attempt to insult us that’ll be asking if we have Wifi and whether we live in huts and how we can afford iPhones. And that’s the representation they see, anytime someone talks about Africa, it’s huts and lions so I don’t even blame them tchew.

"And one more thing. Nobody is disputing that she has done a lot of good, but she’s a human being and she’s not above mistake therefore not above critique. She has so tapped into that African queen mother thing that you people think everything she does is right. Lmao this not true.

"Black Americans always talking about ‘if a black person says it’s appropriation, then shut up and listen’ and now we, as African people have come out to say that it’s appropriation, so please listen.

"The way you people are so reverent of this Beyoncé that’s a human being like everyone else. Can’t even critique her without adding ‘I love Beyoncé but’ or ‘that’s the queen, BUT’ like pleaseee lmfao spit it out nobody will beat you. You’re not saying anything wrong".

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