Formation: Beyonce drops it

I have been watching and listening to Beyonce’s new video – Formation – all day. Her politically woke video shows images of her daughter rocking her afro, a wall with “stop shooting us”, her lying on top of a sinking New Orleans police cruiser, a black child dancing in front of riot police and them putting their hands up, a man holding a newspaper called “The Truth” with Martin Luther King Jr. on the front page captioned “more than a dreamer”. Damn.


And that’s just the video. Her words speak about black positivity and send messages of owning and loving blackness.

The Queen has done it again. Slay.


Music has the ability to inspire and empower.  As a non-black person of colour, I cannot sufficiently explain the importance of this message to black people having to survive racism so I will leave others better equipped to comment on this.

But I am excited at the fact that mainstream music is highlighting the problems. Historically – music has been an important tool in political warfare. Joining hands with social media, the potential to connect globally, demonstrate realities and remove the need for mainstream media channels – this once again has people talking about violence at the hands of the state. And that in itself is a powerful thing.

Happy Black History Month.

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2 thoughts on “Formation: Beyonce drops it

  1. I didn’t see the video but the overall message is clear enough. Sure, let the truth be known. Let the ugliness be exposed. Oppress us as they might, our voice is never stifled. Being Black, well, I’m not experiencing this first hand, thankfully due to a generation of egocentric and globally connected people. We focus on ourselves where everyone else doesn’t exist, or we completely come together as a species. There is no in-between. Hopefully, I never have to experience this.

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