A Beyoncé Documentary? Is This Just Her Effort to Seem More Human?

Since the birth of daughter Blue Ivy Carter, who recently turned 1-year-old, mega star Beyoncé has literally been in or on everything. Every show, every stage, every movie, it goes on and on. So, now, the Grammy winning singer is going to have a documentary on HBO called Life is But a Dream (premiering February 16th).


Beyoncé/Courtesy of Beyonce.com

In the documentary, Beyoncé will discuss her marriage to rapper Jay-Z, her ascent to super-duper stardom, and her miscarriage which she had before the birth of Blue Ivy. In a total side-step from her normal extreme private-ness, the star reportedly will address the surrogate rumors and her intimacy with her husband.

In rebuttal to those who doubted that the star actually carried her own child, Beyoncé says this in the new film.

“There’s a stupid rumor. The most ridiculous rumor I think I’ve ever had about me. It’s crazy. To think I would be that vain – I respect mothers and women so much and to be able to experience bringing a child into this world, if you’re lucky and fortunate enough to experience that, I would never, ever take that for granted. It’s the most powerful thing you can do. Especially after losing a child, the pain and trauma from that just makes it mean so much more to get an opportunity to bring life into the world. It seems like people should have boundaries.”

And, while I agree that “people should have boundaries,” I find it eerily amusing that the woman who has sold zillions of records, opened on stages all over the world, added words like ‘bootylicious’ to our dictionaries, and who will be performing at this Sunday’s Super Bowl would be asking for boundaries. Beyoncé has literally owned my airwaves for over 10 years. Where are my boundaries?

I digress. But, the fact that the documentary exists is a little questionable. Set to air on February 16th, the film seems chock full of personal stuff and humanizing scenarios for the bigger than life star. So, while I am a bit over the whole Beyoncé thing (you know since she just “sang” at President Obama’s Inauguration and whatnot), I am slightly intrigued about seeing it. It is HBO right? It can’t be that bad.


And, as someone who has personally suffered miscarriage, I can appreciate that Bey is coming out to speak about the pain she endured. I am hopeful that this effort does something for her as well as for those who watch the documentary. But, my deeper fear is that this film is really just another tactic in Bey and Jay-Z’s efforts to take over the world. Yes, call me crazy but think about it for a moment. Who do Bey and Jay-Z not own? They are slowly taking over the world. Not cool.

Say what you want, I smell total world domination en route. Just you wait.

Here is my question: Is the documentary really necessary or is this just another publicity whoring stunt to gin up more Bey-liens or Jay-monsters or something?

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Jenn M. Jackson

Jenn M. Jackson, PhD is a co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Water Cooler Convos. She is a native of Oakland, CA. Jenn is a radical Black feminist scholar who believes none of us are free until all of us are free.

2 Responses

  1. Urbana Junkie says:

    As much as I don’t want to watch this show and agree with your sentiments, I know that somehow, somewhere I will watch the it. I too am intrigued as to why she would do this as this woman has built a wall of privacy around her private life, (which as much as I have my gripes about her, I have respected). I think that this show is more about publicity if anything else, as I am very cynical that Bey would all of a sudden decide to disclose ‘intimate’ portrayals about herself for no reason.

  2. Right. It just seems far too random and out of the blue to be totally genuine. Plus, she has been literally everywhere lately. She is even on the side of the Pepsi can, geez. I think this is just a part of a major publicity blitz before she goes to have another child or something.

    Thanks for contributing to the convos:)