For Black Girls Who Got In Formation When Hot Sauce Wasn’t Enough: On Beyonce, Formation & The Black Panthers

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BREAKING NEWS: Beyonce is Black. Not only that, but she has also just given us the Third F of Feminism: Flawless, Feeling Myself and Formation. With the video release of her new song, Formation, Beyoncé denounced the “exceptional negro” image that has been placed upon her by mass media in order to give Black people, specifically women, an empowerment anthem worthy of several covers, marching band renditions and majorette team performances. The moment she sat on top of the New Orleans police car & submerged into the abyss, we knew that Bey was determined to make a statement. Beyonce has informed the whole entire world that she too, is a Black woman who is dealing with the subconscious effects of racially motivated hatred and violence. She has taken it upon herself to remind everyone that despite her mysterious aura and respectable success, she is still Black, proud and conscious of the world she lives in. The recent discourse surrounding Beyonce has made me proud to be a member of the #Beyhive and above all, a Black woman. The hatred for Beyonce, and consequently all Black women is sickening, palpable and just frightening. Everyone loves to scream about supporting Black women “at all costs”, “no matter what”, until that Black woman is such a huge celebrity that her humanity is questioned and she is stripped of her agency.

 

 

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