Beyoncé is one of the biggest pop icons of our generation, she has broken records and shattered glass ceilings and she’s still in her prime. I am a huge fan of Beyoncé and I have crowned myself the Brooklyn Chapter President of the BeyHive.
However, when I heard about “Beyoncé Mass” I had to stop, read the caption, and watch the video below to understand if what I thought was happening was actually happening.
I was in fact right and there is an actual church in San Francisco that is organized by the reverend and theologian Yolanda Norton, who teaches a class on Beyoncé and the Hebrew Bible where she uses Beyoncé’s songs to interpret biblical scripture through a black feminist lens.
When I first watched the video I was like…
Even with all my love for Beyoncé I did not get up and applaud what Yolanda Norton was doing (just being honest). I was actually scared, I kept wondering if I was sinning by even watching the video. Then I watched it for the second time and I still felt a little taken aback.
Beyoncé’s music is secular and I wasn’t quite sure how to feel about it finding its way into the church. After a while I began to think about Gospel artists like Kirk Franklin, Tasha Cobbs, and the countless other artists who use secular beats and even hooks in their music–are they wrong as well?
Then I began to wonder if I would attend? In the video, the church is packed, people of all ages and races are praising God and jamming to Beyoncé.
Norton is breaking down Beyoncé’s lyrics and mending them with scripture to create something that people can identify and worship God with.
Is that wrong? I’m not sure but I do believe there are many ways a person can come to Jesus and if it includes jamming to Beyoncé then who am I to judge?
If given the opportunity, would you attend Beyoncé Mass? Quiet as kept I’d probably be in the back pew wearing dark shades lowkey jamming and high key wondering if I’d be struck by lightning once I left. 🤷🏽♀️
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