Formation by definition means to get into line There seems to be a new rave around Beyoncé’s new song Formation. I really do not see what the hype is all about. I can see the significance of the Super Bowl Halftime Show and I understand that it was the anniversary of the black Panthers. I applaud the fact that she had an all-black all female background support cast and most importantly, as an African American woman, I really appreciate the use of natural hair on all the women. I thought it was BEAUTIFUL. The problem that I have comes in with the song. The song has absolutely nothing to do with anything remotely related to black power. It is just another song, to me, that Beyoncé has used as a platform to tell people off. She understands that many people do not find her husband attractive and that many have called her daughter’s hair unkempt. All these things though, are personal. Below are some of the lyrics to the song.
“Y’all haters corny with that Illuminati mess. Paparazzi, catch my fly, and my cocky fresh. I’m so reckless when I rock my Givenchy dress (stylin’). I’m so possessive so I rock his Roc necklaces. My daddy Alabama, Momma Louisiana. You mix that Negro with that Creole make a Texas bama. I like my baby hair, with baby hair and afros. I like my Negro nose with Jackson Five nostrils”.
Personally none of these lyrics make me proud to be black women nor make me want to march for a cause. In actuality the just sounds good. There are a few references in the video like the don’t shoot clip or the paper with Martin Luther King Jr. on it that have to do with ‘black power’, but for all intents and purposes the video, like the song has nothing to do with civil rights of any kind. As a matter of fact, I think it is reaching to say that the song Formation has anything to do with civil rights. Especially when there have been previous ladies such as Lauryn Hill, Angela Davis, Erykah Badu, and Nina Simone have been trying to get us as a culture (females in particular) to ‘get in formation’ for years. I also think the use of hurricane Katrina was in poor taste. I do not believe that anyone who lived through that tragedy will take comfort in the depictions that are in her video. I do though want to make it clear that I am in no way bashing Beyoncé. She is a wonderful artist and from what I hear very active in the black community with charity and time. What I am saying though is that maybe she should had rethought the video and the message that she wanted to convey through the video.