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At a Get Out the Vote Concert in Cleveland on November 4, Beyoncé, Jay Z, and Chance The Rapper all showed their support for the democratic presidential nominee, with Bey stressing the importance of voting and raising your voice. If the strong visuals for her performance didn't drive that point home, her rousing speech definitely did.
For Beyoncé, the significance of this election is personal, as it was when she supported Barack Obama in 2008. She stressed how Clinton, like Obama before her, can "create more change" on a historic scale, but that the younger members of her family — namely Julez, her nephew, and Blue Ivy, her daughter — really inspired her support for both candidates.
"Eight years ago, I was so inspired to know that my nephew, a young black child, could grow up knowing his dreams could be realized by witnessing a black president in office," she said. "And now, we have the opportunity to create more change. I want my daughter to grow up seeing a woman lead our country and know that her possibilities are limitless. We have to think about the future of our daughters, our sons, and vote for someone who cares for them as much as we do. And that is why I’m with her."
The fact that Clinton could be the first female president is especially significant for Bey, who brought up how we're not too far away from a time in history when that wasn't a possibility.
"There was a time when a woman’s opinion did not matter," she said. "If you were black, white, Mexican, Asian, Muslim, educated, poor, or rich, if you were a woman, it did not matter. Less than one hundred years ago, women did not have the right to vote. Look how far we’ve come from having no voice to being on the brink of making history, again, by electing the first woman president. Yes! But we have to vote. The world looks to us as a progressive country that leads change."
With three days left until the 2016 presidential election, Bey couldn't be sharing these moving thoughts at a more perfect time.
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