Beyoncé Gives Touching Commencement Speech After George Floyd’s Death, Hopes For ‘Real Change’

Beyoncé has a very pointed message for the Class of 2020 graduates.

The superstar was on Sunday’s YouTube Originals’ “Dear Graduates of 2020” The special features a moving commencement speech praising how graduates are tackling the global epidemic of ‘reaching the middle’ and black Americans at George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna. Taylor’s moment of change after her tragic death.

“Thank you for using your collective voices to let the world know that black lives matter. The murders of George Floyd, Amod Abelie, Brenna Taylor and so many others have crushed us all. It has left the entire country searching for answers. We’ve seen that our collective heart, when put into positive action, can set the wheels of change in motion. Real change begins with you, the new generation of high school and college graduates we celebrate today,” said Beyoncé.

The mother of three went on to point out that no matter what your path is, “stepping out is the best self-discovery you can do.” I know how hard it is to come out and bet on yourself,” said Beyoncé, who discussed her life choice to build her own company “Critical” moment.” I had to believe I was ready for it…. But that was scary.”
“The entertainment industry is still very sexist. It’s still very male-dominated, and as a woman, I don’t see enough female role models getting the opportunity to do what I know I have to doing things,” she shared.” There weren’t enough black women to have a place at the table, so I had to go cut my own wood and build my own table. Then, I had to invite the best people to have a seat. That meant hiring women, men, outsiders, the weak, the overlooked and undervalued.”

Bev says her mission is “to show the world the beauty of black people . . . and the value of black lives.”

“I’ve done my best to pull down the veil of appeasement, to those who may be uncomfortable with our excellence. To the young women, our future leaders, knowing that you will make a difference in the world. I see you. You are everything the world needs. Make those powerful moves.” She encouraged.” And to the young kings, rely on your vulnerability to redefine masculinity. Lead with your heart. There are so many different ways to achieve brilliance.”

“For all those who feel different, if you are part of a group called ‘the other,’ one that doesn’t have the opportunity to be Be the group at the center of the stage, build your own stage. Let them see you. Your queerness is beautiful. Black people are beautiful. Your compassion, your stance, your fight for those who may be different than you is beautiful,” Beyoncé said.” I want you to continue to go out into the world and show them that you will never stop being yourself and that now is your time. Let them see you.”

The Grammy Award winner ended her speech by asking the graduates to “continue to be a voice for the voiceless.” I urge you to let this moment be now…” . Remember, you are never alone. Lean on that solidarity…. Be about that action, then do it. Keep your eyes on your intentions,” she said.

“This is a pivotal moment in our history, and in your life. Earth is ripping that band-aid off so we can really see our wounds. That’s where the real healing begins,” Beyoncé said.” You can be the leader we all need.”

Dear Graduates of 2020 was filmed over the past few weeks. Due to Floyd’s memorial service, its debut was moved from Saturday to Sunday. The commencement ceremony opened with Lizzo and the New York Philharmonic’s “Pomp and Circumstance,” as well as the Alicia Keys’ speech.

In addition to Beyoncé and Michelle and Obama, graduation speakers included BTS, Lady Gaga, former Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates, the chiefs of Google and Alphabet Executive Officer Sundar Pichai), former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Malala Yousafzai.