Lizzo began her speech openly. My ass has been the subject of conversation. My ass has appeared in magazines. Rihanna stood up and gave me a standing ovation. Yes, my booty. This is my least favorite part. This is how it happened. Twerking. Twerking has been my greatest asset. “Welcome to TED Twerk,” she said, before giving the audience a brief demonstration of the dance.
Twerking is a powerful tool for Lizzo on a personal level. However, the dance moves are also significant historically. They have roots in Black culture dating back to the Cote d’Ivoire in West Africa. Lizzo spoke out about the society’s role in preserving the creations of Black people while erasing their creators from history books. This is evident in science, music, and dance. We don’t forget that in 2010, mainstream media reported that Miley Cyrus had popularized twerking. Lizzo stated that “Black people have the origins for this dance through their DNA, through their blood, and through our bones.” We made twerking the cultural phenomenon that it is today.
Lizzo was right to mention TikTok trends. This speech came on the heels Black TikTok creators striking for recognition and compensation. Mya Johnson and Keara Wilson are among the viral dance creators. They are currently copyrighting their moves.
Apart from being a great singer, Lizzo evidently has a great sense of humour. The Juice singer recently started rumours around her pregnancy. On social media, she joked that she is expecting a baby with none other than Captain America star Chris Evans. Lizzo first made the joke last week in response to a fan. The actor could not resist but respond to the best pregnancy news that never happened. Evans finally reacted to her ongoing bit in a text peppered by humour.
The 33-year-old music artist shared a screengrab of a DM from Evans. He quipped, “Hi! Just heard about our little bundle of joy. My mother will be so happy, lol.” The Grammy winner was over the moon and shared a video on TikTok. “Omg you all, he saw the baby bump! We did it! Now you all got to name Lil America! What are you all about to name my baby?”
Last week, Lizzo posted a TikTok video accompanied by theme music from Captain America: The First Avenger. She said in the post, “This is something that I’ve been really trying to keep personal and private between me and the father of my child, but since we’re airing out all the rumors today, I’ve been sucking in. We’re going to have a little America.”