I was #blessed to be asked to issue a snap judgement review of the very high profile, brand new Beyoncé album by SPIN. As a long-time Bey fan, I feel I was able to provide a level-headed appraisal of the album as a whole, without resorting into the quick-trigger tropes surrounding her feminist bona fides. Read the full review over at SPIN.com:
"Earlier this year, Beyoncé released a laptop-filmed HBO doc and allowed a GQ writer to report on her personal archive. For someone so visible, she's fiercely hands-on with her material and personal image; in a man, that might be seen as shrewd and private, but critics seemed to brand her as some kind of Vaseline-teethed control freak. Perhaps her particular brand of feminism isn't the genteel faux-humility of Lean In — it's a bit more brashly capitalist — but isn’t that just good practice and brilliant logic for someone who is an industry unto herself?"