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When black women celebrate maternity, it is an act of resistance.

To the delight of fans everywhere, Beyoncé has been sharing moments of her life and pregnancy in perfectly styled shoots with Blue Ivy and Jay-Z. To see her celebrate maternity and pregnancy so elaborately and beautifully is revolutionary because black motherhood is so rarely celebrated within mainstream media because of our white supremacist society.

Beyoncé: Unapologetically Black Challenging Patriarchy and Giving Zero Fucks

Beyoncé celebrated Mother’s Day last week in flowing, floral Dolce and Gabbana dress and beautiful curls framing her face while Blue Ivy looked adorable in a matching dress holding a “Happy Mother’s Day” balloon. This weekend Bey and family hosted a Carter Push Party and released glimpses of their happy moments together.

When black women celebrate maternity, it is an act of resistance because from slavery and beyond, black women did not always have a say when it came to controlling their bodies and their reproduction. 

The imagery, esthetics and displays of love and happiness in the photoshoots Bey has released throughout her pregnancy have been an assertion that black motherhood should be celebrated and that there needs to be more space attributed to discussions surrounding race, reproductive justice and pregnancy. 

The responses to Beyoncé’s photoshoots haven’t always been positive. Pieces by white women have accused her of raising the bar too high and “fetishizing” pregnancy. Another piece judged the images as being “tacky,” and one actually went so far as to say that she look too beautiful while pregnant. 

With articles like these coming out on a regular basis, it is a refreshing and calming antidote to see Beyoncé continuing to celebrate her pregnancy exactly how she wishes to and in all of her pregnant glory. Plus, her twin Beybies are going to be Geminis and that’s dope (don’t @ me).


Lara Witt (she/they) is an award-winning feminist writer who primarily writes about feminism, racism, pop-culture, mental health, and politics. Witt received her BA in Journalism from Temple University and interned for Philadelphia CityPaper’s arts and entertainment section and the Philadelphia Daily News covering local news, court stories, and crime. Following her graduation, she became increasingly committed to writing about gender, race, and queer identity by using Black and brown feminist theory to analyze current news and politics. Witt freelanced for national and local publications, which led to her working with Wear Your Voice Magazine eventually becoming their EIC and rebranding the site to focus primarily on using the analytical framework of Dr. Kimberlé Crenshaw’s theory of intersectionality. Video Player is loading. Witt’s goal is to provide platforms for marginalized voices with a focus on having other Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) writers tell their own stories and explore their own narratives. Witt has spoken at local Philadelphia events, such as the March to End Rape Culture (2017) and curated a yearly series of events called The Electric Lady Series. These events highlight women of color in Philadelphia by exploring gender, rape culture, entrepreneurship, art, self-care, sex, and culture.

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