I SEE U, Episode 96: Beyoncé, Send Us a Revival with New York Times Business Reporter Jordyn Holman & Cultural Historian Harrison Guy

With Beyoncé’s Renaissance World Tour in Houston, I SEE U pays tribute to the Third Ward native by examining her contributions of reawakening queer dance culture and delivering an Afrofuturism movement to a mass audience.


New York Times Business Reporter Jordyn Holman, Beyonce's Renaissance Tour Image, Cultural Historian Harrison Guy
Carlijn Jacobs (Beyonce Image)


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The Renaissance World Tour is an energetic, visual, two-and-a-half-hour musical journey, showcasing the latest album of award-winning singer-songwriter and philanthropist, Beyoncé. The event has broken ticket sales records worldwide with each performance stimulating regional economies along the way. Running almost parallel with Beyoncé's tour is pop singer Taylor Swift's Eras Tour, which pays homage to her own musical career and has also garnered unprecedented success in ticket sales and global economic impact. But with the Renaissance tour, Bey's performances speak more to notions of identity and race, where past and present traumas of being Black, being gay and being unnoticed are transformed into a cultural vibe that embodies inspiration, freedom of expression, purpose and personal empowerment. Join us as host Eddie Robinson pays tribute to the Houston native and chats candidly with New York Times business reporter, Jordyn Holman, along with Harrison Guy, founder of Urban Souls Dance Company. Holman shares her insight into why there's an interest in comparing these two female trailblazers in pop culture. Guy, who's also an acclaimed choreographer, offers up perspective into the person who inspired the energy behind the Renaissance album—Uncle Johnny, a gay man who helped raise Beyoncé and her sister Solange as young girls but died from complications related to HIV. Legendary Houston DJ Tony Powell also makes an I SEE U appearance to share historical color and context to a vibrant, liberating vintage Bayou City that existed within the Black queer community.

Check out our companion Spotify playlist that celebrates this music and is curated by Houston’s Godfather of House, DJ Tony Powell, and I See U Host Eddie Robinson. Click here to listen.




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Eddie Robinson

Eddie Robinson

Executive Producer & Host, I SEE U

A native of Mississippi, Eddie started his radio career as a 10th grader, working as a music jock for a 100,000-Watt (Pop) FM station and a Country AM station simultaneously. While Mississippi Governor Ray Mabus had nominated him for the U.S. Naval Academy in 1991, Eddie had an extreme passion...

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