Lizzo's recently recorded a TED Talk as part of TEDMonterey's "The Case For Optimism" conference, and we can't wait to watch it. During the talk, she spoke about the history of twerking, and judging by the clip shared by TED Talks, it's set to contain a lot of wisdom.
Speaking in the clip, Lizzo explains, "My ass has been the topic of conversation. My ass has been in magazines. Rihanna gave my ass a standing ovation. Yes, my booty. My least favorite part of my body.
"How did this happen? Twerking. Through the movement of twerking I’ve discovered my ass is my greatest asset. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to TED Twerk."
The talk is set to cover both the personal impact that twerking has had on Lizzo and her career, as well as the history of the dance. It originated from Black culture, dating back centuries to the Cote d'Ivoire, and Lizzo says, “Black people carry the origins of this dance through our DNA, through our blood, through our bones. We made twerking the global cultural phenomenon it has become today.”
Lizzo's talk comes on the back of discussion about the origins of different dances, including TikTok trends, and how white celebrities are often benefitting from the dances that originate from Black TikTok dancers.
Lizzo touched on this, saying, “I want to add to the classical etymology of this dance. Because it matters. From TikTok trends to songs and humor, we see so much erasure of what Black people have created. I’m not trying to gatekeep, but I’m definitely trying to let you know who built the damn gate.”
We can't wait for this to drop, as we're pretty confident we're going to learn a lot. For now, check out TED's clip below, and stay tuned for the full thing to drop later this year.