• Beyoncé gave a powerful message to the 2020 graduates
  • The "Halo" singer addressed how "sexist" the entertainment industry is
  • Beyoncé encouraged her fans to support the petitions seeking justice for George Floyd

Beyoncé talked about sexism and the Black Lives Matter movement in her commencement speech to the 2020 graduates.

The “Halo” singer was one of the celebrities who appeared on YouTube Originals’ “Dear Class of 2020” in a virtual ceremony on Sunday (June 7). In her message, she congratulated the graduates and also tackled the “very sexist” industry in the world.

According to Beyoncé, she’s aware how hard it is for one to step up and bet on oneself. She recalled the “pivotal turning point” when she decided to build her own company years ago and how she had to trust herself for the big move. “That was terrifying,” she said.

“The entertainment business is still very sexist,” the “Single Ladies” hitmaker said.

Beyoncé also shared how the industry is still being dominated by men. Based on her observations, not enough female role models are given the opportunity to do what they want to do. She said she couldn’t find enough women to run her label, direct her films and produce her tools.

“Not enough Black women had a seat at the table,” she continued.

“So I had to go and chop down that wood and build my own table. Then I had to invite the best there was to have a seat. That meant hiring women, outsiders, underdogs, people that were overlooked and waiting to be seen many of the best creatives in business.”

The performer also explained that her art “has been dedicated to showing the beauty of Black people to the world, our history, our profundity and the value of black lives.” Beyoncé also left an inspiring message to the young women to empower them in reaching their dreams.

“You are everything the world needs. Make those power moves. Be excellent. And so the young kings lean into your vulnerability and redefine masculinity lead with heart,” she added.

Beyoncé is one of the celebrities who has been very vocal in supporting the Black Lives Matter movement especially after George Floyd’s death. Last week, she released a video encouraging her fans to support the petitions seeking justice for Floyd.

“Someone has been charged, but justice is far from being achieved,” Beyoncé said. “Please sign the petition and continue to pray for peace and compassion and healing for our country.”

Beyonce delivered a morale-boosting message to the Class of 2020, thanking them for voicing their anger over racism and urging them to continue fighting for change
Beyonce is pictured at a 2019 screening of "The Lion King." AFP / Robyn Beck