So I'm sure you are very much aware of the epic event that was the drop of the latest Beyonce song and video: "Formation." Beyonce snatched all of our edges, slayed the stage and twirled on all her haters.
In this post, I'm going to take you through four of my favorite parts that exemplify why Beyonce is my top black female influencer. If people thought she was just a 'feminist' and not a 'womanist' (check out my last blog post for definition) they can check that notion at the door after yesterday.
"What Happened After New Orleans?"
So first and foremost, the political messages translated throughout this entire video gave this song more present day meaning than any other pop music has had all year. I, like many, have been waiting for Beyonce to respond to the inhumane treatment black people in America have been experiencing for some time now.
In Beyonce's newest song since her Beyonce: Platinum Edition released in November 2014, she explicitly denounced the shooting of our unarmed black children and the disastrous patch-up work of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Even though she didn't say these things, the video says it all.
"When He F*ck Me Good I Take His A** To Red Lobster."
Two words: respectability politics. Let's hash this out. Black women have been battling respectability politics for decades. In a nutshell, it means that we must earn our respect in mainstream culture by policing our appearance, speech and sexuality.
Beyonce denounced all of this in "Formation." With her middle fingers up to the camera, Queen Bey cursed twelve times in this song. She was unapologetic and set a new standard for not just women, but black women. Yes we get this money, yes we slay from morning to dawn and yes we can drop knowledge and curse in the same f*cking sentence.
"I Just Might Be A Black Bill Gates In The Making."
One major reason why Beyonce is my top black female influencer is because she takes some words right out of my mouth. She is the personification of my confidence. I always tell and show people that I am an ambitious woman. When I see something that I want, I grind till it's mine.
The entire chorus of "Formation" spells out my confidence, work ethic and ambition. Not only does it do that, but it also holds these key words: we gon' slay. That's the type of mentality that people often forget about. You don't have to succeed by pushing others down. We are all in this together.
"Okay Ladies, Now Let's Get In Formation."
In conclusion, the name of the song says it all. We must come together to dispel corruption, hatred and silencing. We must form a plan; unite. No one can conquer the evils of this world alone, whether that be in the community or in oneself.
Beyonce's video highlights women. No, not just women...black women with afros reaching towards the sun and skin glowing with care free magic. But black feminism has always been about all minority voices. This song radiates with power and vibes that make you feel that you can do anything with the right people in your corner. Stand up and get in formation.
Now without further ado...
"You know you that b*tch when you cause all this conversation. Always stay gracious best revenge is your paper." *drops the mic*