Everyone is talking about Bey’s “Formation” Video. Good or Bad, people are talking. Whether you hater her or love her…you are still talking. It took me a minute to write this blog, because I wanted to see what was trending. What I I have yet to read, is the true content of the video. Or am I being too deep?
This is what I saw: Bey used her image to bring un-apologetically Black images and statements to a usually White forum. The video Exposed millions to the 50th Anniversary of the Black Panthers movement. (Did you miss that?) During the month, a month dedicated to Black History, she reminds us of the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, that left thousands of African-Americans homeless, displaced, disrespected and dead. Though it was an act of nature, the handling of the after math from our Government was appalling. It affected more Blacks than it it did Whites. Did you forget? Beyoncé’s “Formation” touches on many different topics including the #BlackLivesMatters connection. Her lyrics, clearly informs you that she is a powerful Black woman; she broke down her genealogy “My daddy Alabama, momma Louisiana, you mix that negro with that Creole makes a Texas-Bama…” She let the world know “I am here to #Slay”. “Formation” was a black woman’s call to arms. She deified the norm and dropped her single AND video without warning. Making history…BLACK HISTORY. Formation reminds us of the blood that runs through our veins and the hoods we grew up in. We’re holding all of those in our black communities who came before us up high.
What Beyonce is doing is creating #BlackGirlMagic, the best hashtag that was created to bring together black women all over the world. And the most beautiful thing to come out of #BlackGirlMagic is this appreciation for self, as black women. In a society that only recognizes our black features and culture, #BlackGirlMagic has encouraged us to own our culture. Black women are becoming even more empowered then they already were — but black women have been slaying for centuries. We simply have more platforms on which to slay. We’re taking up more space. #BlackHistory2016, we celebrate Harriet Tubman, Madam C.J. Walker, Rosa Parks, Zora Neale Hurston, just to name a few. We #Slay!
In the words of Bey: “Always stay gracious, best revenge is your paper.”