The Queen is back and stans couldn’t be happier. After dropping a surprise album back in 2014 entitled Beyoncé, twirling around the world on tour, and slaying in appearances– the pop diva had yet to release any new music. Sending the net into a frenzy and setting the bar yet, Beyoncé dropped a surprise song with NO MARKETING…AGAIN! Like at this point does she even need a PR/Marketing team, lol?
“Formation is really up there with the top 5 negro spirituals,” my friend Megan joked, as she discussed her depiction for the “Formation” visual. Explaining that this song and video will go down in Black History as one of the best and most historic videos ever. All jokes aside, Bey broke the internet on a casual Saturday afternoon, as people were shopping for Super Bowl refreshments, and running to Macy’s for a concealer refill (me lol).
Now if shocking the world wasn’t enough, Queen Bey then shut down the SuperBowl halftime show, AGAIN. The NFL needs to just rename the section to the Mrs. Carter’s Halftime Show. Beyoncé gave an electrifying performance for her surprise hit song “Formation,” accompanied by a sea of dancers robed in Black Panther inspired looks. The ladies slayed the turf and delivered a crowd pleasing showcase.
Formation is the essence of black culture. It illustrates aspects of the black community including wealth, poverty, struggle, gain, rhythm, all while clapping back on injustices and white privilege. The title of the song, “Formation” is the metaphor for the person in position of power wanting change. The black woman, black man, black feminist, black gay, and the black trans. Formation is the coordination to achieve your success. The solution, the journey, the formula, the readying, the before the function, before the turn-up.
Powerful imagery is displayed throughout the clip, causing you to grasp the message. In one scene there’s a young coco child dancing in front of a lineup of white policemen. They stare at him as he shines and “resists” their commands. Once completing his routine, the line raises their hands in effort to obey and follow the child’s orders. In another shot, you see regal black excellence with women draped in elaborate early 20th century fashion of lace and pearls. Emulating women of pedigree and high power as they sit perched for the gods. From the grave Bounce King Messy Mya riddles “What happened after New Orleans?” Indicating what happened post Katrina, post the unsolved case of his murder, post our black communities being used as a shooting target playground, and post everyday injustice? The most iconic imagery is Bey standing a top of a police car holding up her fist. Suggesting unity, and strength an ode to The Black Panther Party. The starlet goes a bit further, giving you glimpses of the infamous New Orleans second line dances. And for those still upset about Blue Ivy’s hair, Beyoncé sends you a message while being unapologetically black “I like my baby hair with baby hair and Afros.”
As Big Freeda chimes in “I did not come to play with you hoes… I came to slay bitch!” Beyoncé came to assemble and WE as a culture, and as a community need to get in formation. Why do people question the queen?