Fierce, Fabulous, and In/Famous: Beyoncé as Black Diva

  title={Fierce, Fabulous, and In/Famous: Beyonc{\'e} as Black Diva},
  author={Jaap Kooijman},
  journal={Popular Music and Society},
  pages={21 - 6}
  • Jaap Kooijman
  • Published 2019
  • Art
  • Popular Music and Society
  • ABSTRACT This article explores how the notion of the diva positions Beyoncé’s star image within a larger tradition of black female superstardom at three different levels: (1) Beyoncé’s performances as black divas from the past, such as Tina Turner and Diana Ross; (2) Beyoncé’s challenging of the conventional definition of the diva in her 2009 “Diva” music video; and (3) Beyoncé’s assumed status as a gay icon, including in the documentary Waiting for B. (directed by Paulo Cesar Toledo and… CONTINUE READING
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