During the past year, America really tried us. By us, I mean the minority. Mainly black and brown people, but oh they came for everyone else, too. So on Feburary 6th 2016, during Black History Month , Beyoncé told us to get in formation and remind them who we are. Yes!!! And a year later, we are still here with our hot sauce in our bag. It’s been a year since megastar Beyoncé, stood on a New Orleans Police car with her black power fist and told us ‘I just might be a Black Bill Gates in the making’. We were in awe as a little boy danced in front of the police, while they had their hands up. This video and song is everything and more. To the typical ‘pop fan’, they won’t get it. But to Black people, Black women in particular, this is what we needed to hear.
In a world, where the Kim K’s and Kylie Jenner’s are force down our throats as the epitome of beauty. To hear a woman say, excuse me, a black woman say ‘I like my baby hair with baby hairs and afros/I like my negro nose with Jackson 5 nostrils’. It’s rejuvenating. Why should I go get my nose tweaked? I like my bell pepper nose. Why should I put chemicals in my child’s hair? My baby is beautiful as she is. This is James Brown ‘Black and Proud’ with a 2016 spin. I mean she shot the video in New Orleans, one of America’s blackest city. And then proceeded to remind folks how New Orleans natives were treated after Hurricane Katrina. While asking the police to ‘Stop Shooting Us’, a little hooded boy danced until the police put their hands up. Black Lives Matter? Of course, and that’s just the surface of what happens in that four minutes.
The best part of ‘Formation’ is the day after its premier, Beyoncé performed it at the Superbowl. Alt-right America had multiple heart attacks that day. How dare that black woman and her black dancers, show up as Black Panthers. On the anniversary of the formation of the Black Panther Party and sing this Black ass song. HA!
So, after a whole year, Formation helped usher in ‘Lemonade’. A movie/album about not only a relationship but the trials and tribulations of the American Black Woman. I probably said this before but I’ll say it again. At this point, if you don’t at least give Beyoncé her props, you’re probably hate sunny days and free money. Formation is by far one of the best song and video to represent us over the past decade. And if you’re in need of some motivation, remember to ‘Slay trick or get eliminated’. –Pooh Bailey