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Beyonce Delivers a Powerful Graduation Speech for YouTube's 'Dear Class of 2020' - Watch! (Video)

Beyonce Delivers a Powerful Graduation Speech for YouTube's 'Dear Class of 2020' - Watch! (Video)

Beyonce is speaking out and inspiring younger generations.

The 38-year-old Lemonade music icon delivered a speech during YouTube’s Dear Class of 2020 virtual commencement ceremony on Sunday (July 7).

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“You have arrived here in the middle of a global crisis, a racial pandemic, and worldwide expression of outrage at the senseless killing of yet another unarmed Black human being and you still made it,” she said.

“We’re so proud of you. Thank you for using your collective voice and letting the world know that Black Lives Matter. The killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breanna Taylor and so many others have left us all broken. It has left the entire country searching for answers. We’ve seen that our collective hearts, when put to positive action, could start the wheels of change,” she continued.

She also got candid about her own experiences when she was younger.

“I know how hard it is to step out and bet on yourself. There was a pivotal turning point in my life when I chose to build my own company many years ago. I had to trust that I was ready and that my parents and mentors provided me with the tools I needed to be successful but that was terrifying. The entertainment business is still very sexist. It’s still very male-dominated, and as a woman I did not see enough female role models given the opportunity to do what I knew I had to do to run my label and management company, to direct my films, and produce my tours,” she continued.

“That meant ownership – owning my masters, owning my art, owning my future and writing my own story. Not enough Black women had a seat at the table 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,” she went on to say.

“I’ve been blessed to have 24 Grammys, but I’ve lost 46 times. That meant rejection 46 times. Please don’t ever feel entitled to win – just keep working harder, surrender to the cards you are dealt. It’s from that surrender that you get your power. Losing can be the best motivator to get you even bigger wins, so never compare yourself to anyone else.”

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