Grammy Award-winning Beyoncé Knowles-Carter made a surprise visit during the 2020 Global Citizens event One World: Together at Home. During her segment, Beyoncé took the time to acknowledge all of the workers that are working on the front line. She also mentions how COVID-19 is affected Black people in large numbers.
“Tonight we celebrate true heroes, those who are making the ultimate sacrifice to keep us all safe, fed, and healthy,” she said. “To the doctors, the nurses, and other healthcare workers who are away from their families, taking care of ours, we continue to pray for your safety. To those in the food industry, delivery workers, mail carriers, and sanitation employees who are working so that we can be safe in our homes, we thank you for your selfless service.”
She makes it known that black Americans “disproportionately belong to these essential parts of the workforce,” and are not afforded the “luxury” of working from home.
“African-American communities at large have been severely affected in this crisis,” she continues. “Those with preexisting conditions are at an even higher risk. This virus is killing black people at an alarmingly high rate here in America.”
If you haven’t noticed by now Beyoncé is unapologetically black. She continues to look out for her people. After thanking the essential workers she took some time to also acknowledge her hometown Houston, Texas. She mentions that 57 percent of the city’s citizens who have succumbed to the disease have been black.
Her daughter Blue Ivy Carter also had an announcement herself. She demonstrated a DIY at-home experiment on hand washing.