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  • Rethinking Africa: The staff of the African Advocacy Network includes Joe Sciarrillo, pictured here with Jean Elias Xavier, Director Aboudou Traore, Charles Jackson and Clementine Ntshaykolo outside their office in the Dolores Street Community Services building. They help a growing number of African immigrants to the Bay Area who may number as many as 50,000.
  • Retiring Pillars: SI’s faculty surprised Fr. Sauer in May with applause and flowers after the announcement of his reassignment.
  • The SI boys’ lacrosse team enjoyed what may have been best year since its founding nearly a quarter century ago. The lacrosse press ranked the team among the top 15 in the nation as SI turned in another undefeated season in league play – its fourth undefeated season since it joined the WCAL in 2010.
  • Richard Driscoll ’06, a performance engineer for Oracle Team USA that will defend the America’s Cup in September, is among the few locals hunkering down in Pier 80 off Marin Street, where they work 65-hour weeks to make sure that Ellison’s boat sails twice as fast as the wind and maneuvers with precision and power as it takes on challengers from around the world.
  • Retiring Pillars: Since the 1970s, Mary McCarty made sure Latin was a living language for students in her classes.
  • Rethinking Africa: Ira Shaughnessy ’00 spent two years in Ghana from 2007 to 2009 working with the Bormase helping with the cultivation of the Moringa tree, whose leaves are rich in vitamins.

Lifestyle

 

Queen Bey Conquers the Charts

Caroline Stewart '14
Contributing Editor 

In one fell swoop Beyoncé has upheld her status as one of the biggest and most influential women in the music industry. In her new song “Ghost,” she sang, “Probably won’t make no money off this, oh well.” How wrong she was! The self-titled album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and sold 617,213 digital copies in the first three days, making it the best-selling debut for a female artist in 2013. Within six days of its release more than one million digital copies sold worldwide. As of this month the album has sold over 3 million units worldwide. The most impressive feat of all must be the fact that she achieved all this with no promotion. A surprise release of the record (only a few short days before finals) sent the Internet into a tizzy, and rightfully so.

The opening track “Pretty Hurts” addresses the pressure society puts on women to fit the mold of stereotypical beauty. The gut-wrenching opening lines, “What’s in your head, it doesn’t matter...what you wear is all that matters,” get straight to the point of the longstanding stereotype that beauty is more important than brains. As a new mother and a role model to many young women, Beyoncé opens the discussion about the burdens of unrealistic ideals of beauty and reveals that even as a mega-star, she understands the struggle so many women face daily.

Other notable songs include: “Drunk in Love,” in which Beyoncé and Jay Z team up again for a collaboration to confirm their status as music’s power couple; and the power anthem “***Flawless” featuring Nigerian feminist author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie reminds listeners that they are naturally perfect and empowered. The heartfelt and raw video for “Mine” featuring Drake, directed by Pierre Debusschere, includes Virgin Mary imagery and an allusion to Rene Magritte’s famous work The Lovers.

A self-empowering album, Beyoncé set out to prove that getting married and having a child is not a death sentence to one’s career. People can still have dreams and aspirations at any point in their lives, and this album was a way for Beyoncé to find herself and embrace her life. This new and innovative album sets Beyoncé apart as a performer and artist, and its huge success without any form of promotion is a true testament to the quality of her work and the dedication of her fans.

Beyoncé makes bank. 

Beyoncé racks up awards.

Posted by on Sunday February, 23, 2014

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