VMAs So Black: My thoughts from last night...
I often tuned into the VMAs while growing up! Let's say late 90s to early 2000s I was into it. The award show used to be filled with N'Sync, Backstreet Boys, Britney and Christina. Then sprinkled with Puff, Destiny's Child and Nelly. This is not a complaint, I was a Backstreet fan and loved when Brittany performed with that snake! But I watched the VMAs last night and thought "my how times have changed". The 2016 MTV Video Music Awards were black AF!
The evening started with a pre-show hosted by DJ Khaled (cause he's the best and MTV didn't want to play themselves ha!), Charalamagne The God and Lizzo. This was really cool to me. I remember watching the pre-show as a kid and thought how dope it would've been to see three brown faces hosting. We've watched DJ Khaled rise to the top and Charlamagne go from another VJ to having the #1 morning show and his own TV show. All three of them did a great job hosting. It was entertaining, their interviews were fun and they didn't miss a beat. Lizzo is energy, Khaled is vibes and there are certain things Charlamagne is just able to get away with saying.
All night, I felt extremely proud of Rihanna. As the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award recipient she performed four times and killed each performance. My favorite was her dance hall party she had on stage singing Rude Boy, What's My Name and Work, mixing in my favorite reggae songs. Up until her final performance which instantly became my favorite. Rihanna performs Stay, Diamonds and Love On The Brain with such passion. She sang from her heart in a beautiful gold gown and then accepted her award presented by Drake #relationshipgoals! To watch a 28 year old island girl receive this award was pretty amazing.
Of course Beyonce came to slay! Besides her 16 minute performance that stole the show, she arrived to the carpet with #squadgoals that included the mothers of Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Michael Brown and Oscar Grant III — Sybrina Fulton, Gwen Carr, Lezley McSpadden and Wanda Johnson. When you make a political statement without saying a word! As an icon, Beyonce has taken on the responsibility of constantly reminding us of what is important. That although we have had a few good weeks with no new black names to hashtag, we still have work to do and can't stop saying their names! Go Bey!
And MTV allowed Kanye West to talk for 4 minutes, thanks for the laughs! And thank you Kanye for the gym motivation you gave us with Teyana Taylor in your video!
I also loved the outfit slayage last night! My favorites were Chance The Rapper's overalls, Nicki's blue gown and Tracee Ellis Ross in that funky sweat shirt!
It was a fun show to watch! It was full of art and black excellence. To be honest, I gave up on the VMAs for a while, but now I am a believer again. Kudos MTV!