Skyler Gibbon is an English BSE major and minoring in African American Studies. She is in her junior year at Millersville University. Though born in Philadelphia, she has lived in Lancaster County most of her life. This project is derived from a presentation she did last november at the 2017 State System Summit: Intersectionality, Moving Beyond the Borders. She worked with Dr Corkery and some of his other students to produce presentations that carried the theme of intersectional standpoints in hip hop. The themes of narrative, authenticity, and intersectionality that she studied in her Hip Hop course gave her perspective into Beyonce’s role as an empowering role model for black women inspired her to pursue Beyonce as the subject of this project.