On day 3 of 20 days of celebrating black dominance in entertainment, we celebrate the legacy of Houston's own queen Bey, Beyonce.
Beyoncé Knowles-Carter is a living legend. A music prodigy at an early age, she competed in various singing competitions from the time she could hold a microphone. She rose to fame in the late 1990s as lead singer of the R&B girl-group Destiny's Child. In 2003 she released her first solo album Dangerously In Love. The album would go on to sell five million units just in the U.S alone. Following the breakup of Destiny's Child in 2006, she released her second solo album, B'Day (2006). An empowering collection of songs and stories celebrating her experiences in music, life, and love. The album would cement Beyonce as a bonafide superstar in pop music.
Beyonce is one of the best selling recording artists of all time. It's estimated queen Bey has sold more 100 million records as a solo artist, and another 60 million records with the group Destiny's Child. She is critically acclaimed as well, winning 22 Grammys and being named the artist of the decade in 2009 by Billboard. What is even more impressive than her record sales and critical acclaim is her publishing. Beyonce is one of the few recording artists in the history to own an estimated 50 to 60 percent of every song under copyright in her catalog.
But her success isn't just confined to music awards and SoundScan, Beyonce is a dedicated philanthropist, donating millions of dollars to various charities, foundations, and community initiatives. Most recently Bey teamed up with Bread For Life and the Greater Houston Community Foundation to distribute funds and aid to Hurricane Harvey victims in her home state of Texas.
Celebrate the beautiful and powerful legacy of Beyonce, stream one of her albums below or watch her epic performance in the movie Dream Girls:
- Dangerously In Love
- B Day
- I Am Sasha Fierce
Khufere Qhamata, is the founder of the SMAART INCUBATOR, a serial entrepreneur, and dedicated futurist. He is chief executive of Leap72, a strategic innovation consultancy advising corporations on how to use startup economics to grow and compete for the future. He is also a co-founder and board member of Academy M, a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit specializes in the mentorship and career development of millennials. You can follow him on Linkedin.