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Why Beyoncé exploring her ancestry matters | Caleb Gayle

Beyoncé’s reconciliation of her ancestry reminds us that we live in danger of allowing narratives we didn’t generate to tell our stories for us
‘When armed with these narratives, we can start to rectify past injustices.’ Photograph: Tyler Mitchell/Conde Nast

This morning, Beyoncé’s September cover of Vogue magazine was released. Beyoncé and her team, led by Tyler Mitchell, her handpicked 23-year-old photographer, exercised extraordinary control over the issue, from the cover to even the captions of each photograph. And it was with that control that Beyoncé invited Vogue’s readers to understand her without impediment.

The issue includes , as she discusses experiences that range from pregnancy

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