Unless you’ve spent this weekend hiding out from the people you’re going to owe money to after the Panthers win the Super Bowl today, you’ve undoubtedly heard and seen Beyonce’s new song/video Formation.
The video dropped yesterday, just one day before Beyonce is set to rock the Super Bowl Half Time show alongside Coldplay and Bruno Mars.
Of course, with anything that Beyonce does, there has been some backlash. There was some controversy over her using footage from New Orleans from a documents called That B.E.A.T, despite the fact that she got permission to use the footage.
The major amount of backlash from the video though seems to be coming from the sheer amount of blackness that it represents. Beyonce, a southern woman from Texas with Creole roots decided to just be herself, a black girl. In doing so, I can’t understand why people are so pressed over it.
Beyonce let it be known that she hears what you mean negroes are saying when you talk about Blue Ivy and how her natural hair is always in an Afro. Listen to me, and listen closely. Unless some real shit happens to the value of money between now and the next twenty years, Blue Ivy is set to inherit an empire that’s worth over a billion dollars. Meanwhile, most of you still won’t be sh*t. Beyonce isn’t pressed. Jay Z isn’t pressed and I’m sure that Blue Ivy isn’t either.
The imagery in the video is also striking. Beyonce and her dancers were giving me American Horror Story: Coven and I was all the way here for it. Beyond that though, one of the best parts of the video and the thing that has me contemplating it the most are the scenes when a little black boy in a dark hoodie dances in front of police officers with their hands up. The camera also flashed over spray paint on a wall that said “Stop Shooting Us.”
Beyonce released this video only a few hours after what should have been Trayvon Martin’s 21st birthday. She sings about loving her negro nose with the wide nostrils, loving her child’s natural hair and to top it all off, she carries hot sauce in her bag. This video is unapologetic in its blackness and that’s why so many
white people can’t handle it.
Peep the video below in case you haven’t seen it!