Saturday, February 13, 2016

#OBSESSED: Ok Ladies, Now Let's Get In Formation!

"Bitch, I'm back by popular demand."

How do you react when The Queen Bey, without warning, drops 3 minutes and 26 seconds of pro-black realness on a new empowering self-love anthem, with visuals to boot? I don't know about you, but you can read mine below.

By now I'm sure you've heard or at least heard of Beyonces' new track "Formation". Now I'm no music critic so I'll spare you my faux analysis and highlight the parts that spoke to me. As the Pro-black, sexually liberated, feminist, BeyoncĂ© Stan that I am, Formation was the cherry on top of the hot fudge sundae I feel like i ordered ages ago and I am so happy she finally came ALL the way through. Here are my reactions to some of my favorite lines/images:

"Damn, I wish my mama kept me natural. Yasss Blue Ivy! Let that 4C prosper!"

"Cuz if you don't, you got a friend or relative that do and it ain't nothing to be ashamed of. SWAG!"

"Is that Miss Freedia I hear? Yass cornbread and collard greens WITH the neck bones, bitch!"

"Repeat affirmations in the mirror 3 times daily"

"Umm first things first. Aesthetic GOALS. Second, I need to visit NOLA, pronto. Last, speak your truth Bey!"

"Wow. I used to want to be a black Bill Gates. Until I wanted to be a female Puff Daddy. Call me Puff Mama!"

"Lmao. I know thats right! You know hood n***as love Red Lobster. Treat ya man, Bey"
"I bet they got better food at Louisiana Red Lobsters"

"Black Lives Matter!"

"Black Girls Rock!"

"Retire them Twitter fingers and get like Bey!"

Edit: For those of you who find issue with this song and/or video, let me say this... If you don't like the song, you can't relate, or you don't understand, then it WASN'T MEANT FOR YOU. It's very clear that this song is about self love, pride and owning your "blackness". Including the stereotypes and physical features and parts of our culture that society has deemed unacceptable. The imagery (all though not far off) doesn't need to go hand in hand with the lyrics. Its meant to raise awareness and ignite conversation. Mission accomplished. You wanted a realer more relate-able Beyonce? You got it! I live.

Now, in honor of this salute to black, southern, realness I'm curious to know...

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