From The Guardian:
This week the unparalleled contributions of black performers were finally recognised by the establishment. Why has it taken so long?
… [Beyonce] is the most beloved artist on the face of the planet, but had to watch Adele, a huge Beyoncé fan, reluctantly accept the 2017 Grammy for Album of the Year over her. In previous years, Beyoncé lost that award to Beck and to Taylor Swift.
Do you realize that Beyonce has only won 22 Grammys?
There’s a reason Kanye West ran up to a different award stage, at the Video Music awards in 2009, to snatch the microphone from Taylor Swift to deem Beyoncé’s Single Ladies “one of the best videos of all time”– because mainstream institutions rarely give black artists their due. You can hold your breath waiting on that recognition; or you can take matters – and mics – into your own hands.
This reality harks back to what so many black children are taught by our parents: that we have to “work twice as hard to earn half as much”.
Black megalomania can be pretty entertaining, as African dictator Big Men like Idi Amin have demonstrated, but just how seriously do we have to take it?