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Black Madonna: Beyonce projects positive image of 'good' motherhood
By referencing religious iconography, and particularly Virgin Mary symbolism, Beyonce simultaneously reinforces and subverts dominant cultural narratives of motherhood. Her representations of pregnancy draw from the Black Madonna tradition in which Mary - and sometimes Jesus - are represented in paintings and statues with dark skin. Beyonce, then, draws on a complex tradition of political resistance to disrupt white supremacist narratives of black motherhood. Beyonce has controlled the representation of her body by managing and releasing her own image.
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