From Fela to Beyoncé Artists Assert Identity and Resistance through Yoruba Influence in Pop Culture

Black Americans have lost their identity over the last three hundred years, or so it seems. Ask Beyoncé, whose 2017 Grammy performance signaled her own personal paradigm shift in returning to the depths of her African origins and spirituality. Once again, Beyoncé stunned the world with her inspired performance and embodied (quite literally) portrayal of an ancient African Yoruba goddess. Specifically, the resonating and rich impact of the Yoruba culture of Nigeria may represent the keys to the kingdom in getting back in touch with those DNA encoded roots. In the Yoruba culture, religion and the arts have always been employed to express and define relationships of self- interacting with cultu

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