Beyoncé’s epic Coachella performance has inspired one California-based church to designate a full service to the Houston singer, with plans to hold ‘Beyoncé Mass’ next Wednesday, April 25th.
The Grace Cathedral in San Francisco will welcome fans of the songstress to their sanctuary to sing their favorite tunes by Mrs. Carter while discussing how her art has empowered Black women everywhere.
“We are not worshiping Beyoncé. A few media outlets have reported this in jest, and it’s been taken seriously by many,” clarifies Rev. Yolanda Norton, Assistant Professor of The Old Testament at San Francisco Theological Seminary. “We worship God at Grace, and none other. The medium is not the message. The medium is Beyoncé’s powerful songs, which give voice to Black female experience, exploring themes of spirituality, sexuality and agency.”
Rev. Norton continues, “The message is that Black women are made in the image of God, and deserve to be heard and lifted up everywhere – in churches, in the public square, etc. The Church hasn’t done a good job with that historically.”
While her first performance since giving birth to twins, Rumi & Sir, inspired the service and went on to break YouTube streaming records, the “Sorry” singer’s second performance for the festival will truly be an exclusive experience for her loyal BeyHive members in attendance, as it won’t be streamed, according to THR.
Undeniable talent. Hardworking and yet a rare authenticity, calm that defies this level of stardom. She knows who she is.There is no apology and no compromise. @Beyonce the performer, the mother, the wife, the daughter, the sister and a beautiful image of womanhood. #WCW
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.