Beyonce Mass?! WHAT?!?!

An overview of the atrocity of a so-called Beyonce-Inspired Mass and a closer look at who is Beyonce.

There are no words for me to describe this nonsense…the degeneracy that has taken hold of this world. As you have guessed, I am referring to the hype surrounding the “Queen B”, specifically the Bey-Inspired Mass that took place two weeks ago at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco.

The obsession with deitifying Beyonce has reached an all time high. It is at a point where we now have a “church” holding a service dedicated to her. Since when is a church allowed to mix worldly things with that which is supposed to be holy? Those who claim to be children of The Most High and followers of Christ should know that there is no communion between light and darkness (2 Corinthians 6: 14-16). Of course, the “pastor” promoted this under the guise that Beyonce is a means to follow the ways of Jesus. This church is doing everything it can to blaspheme and lie in the name of Jesus. Click here to read the offending article for yourself.

The sermon consisted of social justice garbage lead by a black female guest “reverend” named Yolanda Norton. Beyonce’s songs about acceptance of everything, selfish “love”, feminism, and other tracks were sung by a gospel choir. They even had a “Womanist Lord’s Prayer”. The regular attendance of 50 skyrocketed to 900 that day.

Beyonce has effectively been used throughout the years as an influence for girls, young women, and older females. Her shameful behavior is regarded by many worldwide as the epitome of femininity, success, and power when she is nothing but the Jezebel for this generation. She acts as a priestess and witch during her performances, which are actually rituals performed for her Master. The constant pyramids symbols, baphomet, Egyptian goddess costumes…all of these show to whom Beyonce has given up her soul. She uses sexuality, through her outfits and dances, to entice both male and female audiences, encouraging them to raise their hands to “share their energy”. Before each of her performances, Beyonce allows a spirit to come inside her, thus turning into her alter ego Sasha Fierce.

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If that’s not creepy, I don’t know what is… o_o

Beyonce always promotes the exact opposite of how females are supposed to be according to the Most High. Where older women are commanded to teach younger ones to be wives, mothers, and keepers at home (Titus 2:3-5), Beyonce encourages women to be “independent” and live however they would like. Where women are commanded to dress modestly with decency and honor while focusing on good deeds (1 Timothy 9-10), Beyonce parades around in swimsuits, tights, tiny shorts, crop tops…you name it. The beehive is all the more happy copying that indecency. She is a mother of at least one child, a female, but fails to act as a respectable example for her to grow into.

There is so much more that I could say about Beyonce and her obsessed beehive. For now, suffice it to say that many people can try and classify her as “the closest thing to Jesus” but it could not be further from the truth. It is in fact blasphemy as they are equating their works of darkness with The Most High and His son. Here is what He has to say about that: “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” -Isaiah 5:20. Beyonce’s actions already give away where her allegiance is. She and that disgusting “church” can lie and deceive others with their claims that they serve God, but their fruits are what we need to observe.

“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”-Romans 12:2

For more insight on the Beyonce Worship, check out this video. While you’re at it, why not check out this one? No? How about that one?

Black Panther: Women of Wakanda

An overview of Black Panther and in-depth analysis of female characters’ qualities.

Review:

Of all the superhero movies that have come out in the recent years, Black Panther is easily #2 on my list, Captain America: Winter Soldier being #1. By now, most people have seen this movie, therefore I won’t go into details of it. I will briefly mention why I liked the movie and focus mostly what I thought of the supporting female characters in the movie.

Black Panther was beyond what I imaged it would be. I thought there would be stereotypes, disrespectful females, uninteresting main character (I thought T’Challa was average in Civil War), and typical “black” music. This movie trumped all these expectations and filled me with contentment in finally watching a movie with a black cast that respects itself. The story was visibly a work of passion, with dedicated actors who took their role seriously. It was clear that this movie took upon itself to show a different side of what is typically depicted of black people.

The storytelling seamlessly explained the origins of Wakanda and why it’s special and gave each character dimensions, personalities, and clear motivations. Even the main villain, Killmonger, had a genuinely understandable reason behind his actions. The Wakandan men in the story were very well written, one of the best male characters I have seen in a “black” movie. All of them embodied characteristics I can admire in anyone: honor, dedication, thoughtfulness, intelligence, honesty, strength, and the list goes on. These qualities are especially present in T’Challa. Despite everyone’s different view on what should be the future of Wakanda, each shared their opinion respectfully with the king, without trying to impose their beliefs. It was especially interesting to see the King really consider everyone’s point of view and synthesize everything to make a final decision. He is a character who genuinely tries to be a good man and king without sacrificing his morals and values. Kudos to Chadwick Boseman for really translating what and how his character is, feels and thinks through his mannerism, speech delivery, and facial expressions. I do think that he has to work a little more on the latter.

Black Panther had many fascinating moments, however some the best scenes are hands down the action sequences. The fight scenes were wonderfully choreographed, everyone’s favorite (including mine) being the casino fight.  Thumbs up to Chadwick Boseman, Danai Gurira, Lupita Nyong’o, Martin Freeman, and Andy Serkis for doing their own stunts.  Here is an interesting video of the director, Ryan Coogler, breaking down the fight sequence in detail. Very insightful and thoughtfully planned out scene. I don’t usually say this about most action films with female action scenes, but Nakia and Okoye stole the show during those parts. In fact, most of my favorite parts of the movie were the female characters supporting the King.

Women of Wakanda:

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Black femininity is proudly represented by the actresses. I never felt as though there was some kind of competition between these characters. In fact, they all respected and supported one another regardless of their different points of view. They never acted as though though they needed to prove their worth, ability, or intelligence to males. The impact that these women made in their representation of black females in media is not to be ignored, as it is quite profound. Each of these women portrayed qualities that every woman (perhaps everyone) can be influenced by, at least in part. These traits are also commended by the Most High as He values beauty of the inner most part, the heart (1 Peter 3:4)

Okoye: Dora Milaje General- Portrayed by Danai Gurira

Starting with my favorite character, Okoye. She is the general of the Dora Milaje, a special force unit of bodyguards for the King. The general is also the the love interest of W’Kabi, T’Challa’s former best friend and Head of Security for Wakanda’s Border. I have not seen a black female character portrayed as well as her in a Hollywood movie. That’s not to say there’s not any. Princess Leia is another fine example, not to mention Ellen Ripley from the Alien movie franchise. However, she is easily the most relatable to me for obvious reasons. The type of strength that she portrays is slightly different from the characters I just mentioned, but nonetheless remains the same. Okoye is not only an excellent fighter, she is also has a feminine strength to her. She has dignity, clear morals and values, wisdom, kindness, and respect for other. Wisdom and kindness are standards that the Most High values in a female (Proverbs 31:26), as what comes out of our mouths is very important to discipline, as well as our behaviors. Okoye’s respect is not only towards her fellow warriors and King, but also towards her lover. She is not seen downgrading him (and vice versa) and seeks to stop W’kabi, not because of his beliefs, but because his actions are influencing others to take part in creating chaos within Wakanda. Okoye values the unity, traditions, and safety of Wakandans, which is why she says that she would choose Wakanda over her lover. In the same manner, W’kabi does not kneel before her because she is a woman and he loves her. I see that this interpretation of that scene is very rampant across the internet and do not understand how one could conclude such a thing. It is very clear, as seen by the way he looks around at his fellow Wakandans before dropping his weapon , that he kneels in surrender to the fact that he was wrong. His wrongdoing wasn’t betraying Okoye, it is that he was leading a chaos and violence against his own people. They were killing each other because of different ideals. That is why he kneels and surrenders. Okoye’s statement made him see the irony of what his actions (Proverbs 27: 5-6). I respect her character because she did not have to insult, nag, or fight W’kabi to help him see “the error of his ways”. Nor did she have to act like a man to show “strength”.

Nakia: Spy and T’Challa’s love interest- Potrayed by Lupita Nyong’o

Nakia is a spy master that is also part of the Dora Milaje. She is T’Challa’s former flame but they reconnect throughout the movie and resume their relationship at the end of it. She is my third favorite character because she is just as similar to Okoye as she is different. She is more patient and displays kindness as seen by her concern for the kidnapped women at the beginning of the movie. Nakia is also adamant at wanting to actively help those in need outside of Wakanda, confirmed by the type of work she does and her desire to mostly stay outside the country to aid where she can (Proverbs 31: 8-9). She is also very skilled, intelligent, and beautiful but was not seen using her appearance to her advantage. This reminded me that the Most High wants us to focus on a type of beauty that will last much longer than outward appearance. As a spy, Nakia is required to use any means at her disposal to get something done, including charm. However, this is not necessarily an example to apply nor something to applaud, as it is a form of deceit (Proverbs 31:30).

Ramonda: Queen Mother- Portrayed by Angela Bassett

I thoroughly enjoyed Angela Bassett’s performance in Black Panther. Anytime I see her onscreen, I cannot help but pay attention to her. She always carries herself with grace and dignity, no matter what type of role she plays (unfortunately). Never did Ramonda embarrass or try to usurp power from her son during the movie. She lets her son take care of business, offered words of wisdom, and affirms his ability to take up the role as king. When the time came for her to step up and act for the sake of Wakanda and her son, Queen Ramonda did so without hesitation. She swallowed her pride, took up courage and sought out her son’s rival, M’baku, for help because of her concern for Wakanda (Phillipians 2: 3-5).

Shuri: Tech genius and T’Challa’s sister- Portrayed by Leticia Wright

For a newcomer, Leticia Wright really surprised me with her performance. Though she is nowhere near top 5 on my list of favorite Black Panther characters, Shuri was a fun loving character. She is a tech scientist who could give Tony Stark a run for his money, especially when it comes to innovation. She created many things from her brother’s suit to medical technology in Wakanda. Shuri is just like how I imagine having a younger sister: playful, supportive, smart, reliable, and annoying 😛 . One thing I was disappointed in was her disregard of traditions and modern attitude. I don’t think it makes sense for her to be the only person in Wakanda, as far as we know, to publicly and shamefully act in blatant disrespect of tradition. I understand that the character is young and that this was perhaps done as comic relief, but I still find it strange, especially for a character of royalty. Despite this I did enjoy seeing her interaction with her older brother and other characters. Her funny reference Bucky Barnes was quite shocking wasn’t it? 😀

In the end, Black Panther is a film worth watching and taking notes from. It is long overdue that someone take the time to produce something of quality that doesn’t put down or discourage black people. I don’t quite agree with the symbolism used in this movie, but I can’t expect better from a product of Hollywood. Nevertheless, this is a movie that I can say will definitely influence females. Whether it is in a positive way is certainly questionable, as feminine qualities are increasingly shunned. Bryan Coogler has a promising future as a director, writer, and producer. I hope that he continues to improve, directing and writing projects that will positively influence our community.

“Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.” -Proverbs 31: 10 KJV

And So We Begin…

Greetings to you dear reader! My name is Sarai and welcome to my very first blog post!

I have never done anything remotely like this, so it feels very strange to me. I surf through Facebook like I do my email, even worse on Twitter. At this point you might already have an idea of what kind of person I am and my behavior on social media. If you don’t, this means I barely go on social media and spend no longer than 10 minutes when I’m on it, then forget to log on for at least 3 months. It has taken a lot of thinking, meditating, stressing, and other -ings to finally resolve my dilemma on whether I should start a blog and what I would want to share.

Since my family and I like to watch, overanalyze, and rate movies together, I thought why not do something along those lines? After pondering my options, I decided to write movie reviews, focusing on my opinions of female characters in them in light of the bible and what THE MOST HIGH’s standards are. In addition, I will also be “reviewing” certain incidents involving females in the entertainment industry in the same way.

You have been forewarned about the nature of my future blogs, therefore I will not accept any negative comments insulting me for my beliefs or asking me to change my topics. Positive feedback and constructive criticism is MUCH appreciated. They will help me improve my writing, organize my thoughts, and all that good stuff. I encourage conversation about whatever is going on in the entertainment industry and how they can be viewed in a biblical perspective. I would also love to read what you thought of those characters and other observations and characters I could have missed!

The Most High, through His son, commands His children to not hide the light that we have. If I notice things (good and bad) that can open the eyes of some people, then I will do my best to expose them the way I can. It is my hope that these reviews will allow you to understand something in a new way, see something you did not notice, or be entertained. Have a fun time!

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” -Matthew 5:16, KJV

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