• Clodagh Meaney

EMPWR'S WKND RNDUP: Beyoncé, Alexandra Burke, #IBelieveHer and Femicide

ICYMI: EMPWR's round up of the weekend's breaking news.

By Clodagh Meaney



Welcome to your WKND RNDUP.


We have gathered some of the key events of the weekend so you can start your Monday up to date on everything you may have missed.


Beyoncé

Beyoncé surprised fans this weekend by dropping a brand new single, Black Parade to celebrate Juneteenth.


Taking to Instagram, she shared the meaning behind the song with her 149 million followers.


"Happy Juneteenth Weekend!," she began.


"I hope we continue to share joy and celebrate each other, even in the midst of struggle. Please continue to remember our beauty, strength and power."


"'BLACK PARADE' celebrates you, your voice and your joy and will benefit Black-owned small businesses."

Profits from the song will be donated to BeyGOOD's Black Business Impact Fund, to support Black-owned small businesses in need.

The superstar's website is now home to a directory of Black owned businesses in the United States which was created and curated by Zerina Akers and @black.owned.everything.


#IBelieveHer

Over the weekend, women across Ireland took to Twitter to share their very personal and harrowing stories of rape and sexual assault.


Numerous serious allegations were made against men in the Irish entertainment industry.


In 2018, of cases reported to An Garda Siochana, 82 percent of sexual assault survivors were women. It comes as serial rapist James O'Reilly was sentenced to 20 years in jail after he subjected his seven daughters and younger sister to 33 years of rape and sexual assault.

Alexandra Burke

X Factor winner Alexandra Burke has said that she was told to bleach her skin to appeal to white audiences.

The 31-year-old won the British singing competition in 2008 when she was aged just 19.


Taking to Instagram, she posted a video titled Speak Up - Speak Out, which outlined the the racism she faced after winning the hit TV show.



“I got told because you’re black you are going to have to work 10 times harder than a white artist because of the colour of your skin," she began.


“You can’t have braids, you can’t have an afro, you can’t have anything that is basically my identity," she said in the video where she appeared sporting stunning braids and a t-shirt bearing the phrase 'I am enough.'


“You have to have hair, for example, that appeals to white people so people can understand you better," she continued.


Alexandra went on to explain how heartbroken she still feels about the "absurd" requests.


"I mean, I was only 19 years old. There’s only so much you can understand at 19 and your life has completely changed overnight. and that was quite hard to digest.”


“I got told to bleach my skin and that was something I refused to do."


“Because that is just absurd to me that somebody could even remotely say to someone: ‘Bleach your skin so that you can look whiter.’"


“Still to this moment it breaks my heart that I was told that," she said.


Femicide

A 57-year-old woman named locally as Jean Eagers was killed in Hartstown, Co. Dublin following a tragic attack at her home by an unnamed 60-year-old male.

A third person believed to be in the home at the time, was witness to at least part of the attack and fled to a neighbours house to seek help.


Gardai then forced their way into the home where the male involved was arrested at the scene and taken into custody.

It has been reported that the woman was attacked with a samurai sword and other weapons at around 11.30am on Sunday morning.


The mother of two adult children was known to her attacker.

In Ireland, Femicide statistics show that 50 percent of women murdered are murdered by a partner or an ex partner.

In cases where a woman is murdered by a male relative, statistics show that 80 percent of the time the perpetrator is their son.

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