For a while know there has been speculations that hip hop mogul Jay-Z and his equally iconic counter-part, Beyonce, are on the verge of a split. Rumors swirled even more after Solange’s elevator beatdown of him.
In this article we want to look at the value of Jay Z and Beyonce staying together as it relates to our black culture. Why is it so important that they stay together? Where does our fascination with their relationship stem from and what will it mean if they break up; do we adjust or mourn the relationship?
There is seemingly a great importance in Jay-Z and Beyonce being together. This has been evident since we first got wind of them going together, and the intensity of that interest has not waned. Why? Well there are several angles we could approach this from. First, he represents the dangerous bad boy image while she seems the girl next door who falls for him. For those into fairytales, he is the Alladin or Sinbad; a rogue with a wickedly charismatic pull and she, the Princess Jasmine; beautiful, delicate and captivating.
In essence, Jay-Z represents the hardcore culture of the black Americans while Beyonce is the embodiment of the ride or die chick image which exudes confidence and sensuality. I guess they concretize the collective fantasy of the black community by being iconic figures in a white-washed world, and that’s why our fascination with them does not wane.
Another thing is that their union goes against the typical black family stereotypes; they are successful so the struggle to eke out a living to build a legacy for the family is not evident. From the bouncing baby to the successful careers and the luxurious lifestyle, they seem to have it all covered.
For these reasons the black community exalts their relationship because in some ways, they have come to be the pioneers of the aspirations of many; so through them we relish the image of a power couple; fighting for each other in our own marriages even if we are not Beyonce and Jay-Z.
Therein lies the danger, for if they should part, those who vicariously live through them would no longer have the dream. It’s no wonder people seem to wait with bated breaths to hear whether or not there is truth to the rumor. It’s reminiscent of waiting for ta gong to sound or the gavel to drop, sealing the fate of millions who live through these two.
Though there may be some mourning in the face of such a loss, I believe the resilience of the black community would shine through because hope is the last to die. Eventually, a new couple would rise to take their place and the world would be right again.