No matter how you spin it, like it or love it, Beyonce killed the Super Bowl this weekend.
Halftime was basically an ode to the LGBT Community and #BlackLivesMatter. If you ask me, the performance and everything leading up to it was well calculated. The fact that they used one of the biggest platforms to push the conversation about each was the icing on the cake. Bey's performance though, gave me life.
Beyonce released her new single day's ago. Not only was the single free to download, but so was the video. This chic is getting real creative at surprises and doing whatever the hell she wants. I've always been a fan of Beyonce (since Destinys' Child), not a die-hard fan but just a fan. I love her music, but her work ethic, swag, and attitude IS DOPE. You either like her or you don't, but you can't help but to respect her craft and hustle. After she got married and gave birth to Blue-Ivy, I think I gained mad respect for her even more. Anyway, back to Super Bowl and Formation.
No, the song may not be not for everybody,
but it's perfect for what's occurring today. She created it in a way that it would still cater to the current generation, get played and get a message across at the same time. First of all it's Black History Month, 2016 and we're still dealing with racism and equality, smh. The video is explicit and edgy but it touches on both those topics, Hurricane Katrina, kids being shot by police, and her background of where she came from. The lyrics also play on the fact that it's okay to be black, she's okay with it, and if you're black, you should be okay with it too! You're beautiful, with color in your hair, curly-kinky hair and all.
I won't lie, I use to believe that if I didn't show my face behind my products or my website, I'd gain more clients and customers.
Around the time I was pregnant with Leah, I stopped caring, because I couldn't be myself, (and what the hell would I have told her, one day? That I was too scared of what others thought, UM NO). Society can have us programmed but I quickly threw that notion out the window. I love how, (if you haven't noticed), us black women, are getting comfortable in our own skin, times are changing (our first lady is black, barbie doesn't come in just one frikkin color anymore, and there are alot of sistahs on TV with starring roles).
There was a time where we didn't have a voice and now we're making our voices heard (And it's becoming real loud and strong). I see nothing wrong with that, we're happy. It's a shame others can't be happy about another feeling empowered and the want to be treated like everyone else.
During Super Bowl, she didn't come out with guns, say she hated the police, or make any racist remarks and insinuations at anyone. People are so quick to take it there, which tells me they too have hate in their heart already. I saw one post say "Now if it were KKK 'referenced' on the field, there would have been a problem", ugh, apparently that person didn't get it either! I'm just going to give that person the benefit of the doubt and just say -- they didn't know about the video coming out before hand or hear the lyrics real well)
But this woman... she gets it (and I'm sure there are others who did too)Formation doesn’t include me— and that’s just fine by Kate Forristall"... But I’m here to say something else — if you check the “Caucasian” box on a job application, your place is in the bleachers for this dance... It’s time for us to stop singing along — to Formation, to Kendrick Lamar’sAlright, to any song that has the N-word or celebrates blackness in a way we will never understand. Our ancestors signed away that right when they signed their names to contracts that said they owned human beings or signed tabs in restaurants that didn’t allow “colored people.” If your ancestors were abolitionists or civil rights protesters, maybe you knew these things a long time ago, but for the rest of us, our people were either active racists or passive enablers, a pitiful legacy if ever there was one. How many centuries were our black brothers and sisters relegated to the position of audience — the thrills of competitive sports, television and movie screens, even the petty dramas of middle class servitude demanding their attention. We gave them the role of witness to our stories without so much as a thought that they might have their own. Today those stories are rising to be told and though we may be the villain or not so much as a paragraph, if we listen, it will be our great joy to learn all that we have missed. So let’s be where we need to be today and every time Formation plays — on the sidelines cheering."
Now.... I live in Chicago, and like Bey, I'm a black girl, an entrepreneur with a black husband, black daughter, and lots of male friends and family.
I totally get it! I fear all the time that a random bullet may hit a loved one or a police officer (white or black) may take his power of authority way too far. Why, because it's happened before...
I think we're all tired and out of ideas of how to change and fix society. We've all become a people totally about self, It's going to take a whole lot of prayer and God to make big changes like that; Until more people get to know HIM will we experience a difference and become less likely to hate each other.
Whether you'd like to be honest about it or not, hatred and hateraid in general exist not just racism. People who loved her are all of a sudden calling her racist because she payed homage to her roots and history (as if she wasn't always black. Perhaps it's a bit too much for them because now she full out claimed her color), others are more caught up with her almost falling or claim she doesn't care (it's all for publicity), police want to boycott her because she's highlighting truth, Elders are mad because she's half naked and whateverelse, (like they were perfect back in the day, seriously).
I'm confused, like did all these people totally miss the messages and the point!
Things need to change. We all need to change. Everyone has to do their part, and it's about time a big mainstream artist pushed the envelope/conversation and took it up a notch, so that everyone can hear. She knows how much power she has and she know's how to use it (and I'm pretty sure others will soon follow along). The media, and politicians, are talking...some are upset, so her performance on national TV, during one of the biggest broadcast, clearly worked.
Not only all that...but once again, she just empowered women like myself to love who we are, be ourselves, go after what we want with style, grace, a tad bit of cockiness, and to train our daughters to do the same.
So am I sold on Beyonce and her antics, yep I'm still a fan and that night she made ME proud to be a black girl, a woman, who stands for what is right, and a woman who can care less what other's think. Plus, I have a beautiful daughter who I will continue to instill those same values.
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