Beyonce Has Finally Won Me Over With “Formation”

Beyonce has finally won me over. I’ve not been a fan of Bey because I’ve always felt that she was disingenuous. That changed a couple of days ago. Her previous displays of being seemingly shallow and even obtuse annoyed me to no end.  I cringed every time that I heard her speak. It was so, awkwardly, vanilla mixed with runaway slave that it was almost patronizing. She had no fire. She, always, had the “right” answers. It seemed that Beyonce never wanted to piss people off.  Bey was a virtual marionette sent here to entertain the queens and the hood chicks while America’s white gaze cheered her on. Beyonce was white people’s go to girl for “All Things Black”.  Her work as an activist paled in comparison to what was on display for the world to see.

Beyonce in all of her hood, 'round the way glory showed up and showed out in her "Formation" video- the ultimate black anthem.
Beyonce in all of her hood, country,  ’round the way glory showed up and showed out in her “Formation” video- the ultimate black anthem.

That is until last week.  I saw her latest video “Formation” and the Beyonce who I knew existed- finally showed up. I liked her. A lot. No- I LOVED HER!  Mrs. Carter came through straight from  H-town. Addressing EVERYTHING from homosexuality in our community, to Blue Ivy’s beautiful afro down to her husband’s African nose. She gave no fucks. The beauty of THIS song is it’s spoken in language meant for US to understand. There was no pandering to white folks or pseudo-intellectual speak to be heard. It’s the same voice that makes me an activist or my sisters Tarana, Sili, or Dorothy activists. Elocution isn’t always faultless.  Language isn’t always pretty and inoffensive. It’s the same way that black activism isn’t always neat and cute. It’s messy. The same way Bey boasts about “stuntin on these heauxs” in Givenchy- while bailing out protesters in Baltimore and Ferguson. It’s unapologetic as black activism should be. It’s the same way that she can feature Big Freedia and Messy Mya on her tracks and go to church on Sunday and squall for the Lord. As black women, we’ve always been fighting for something. We are the ones who love the people who aren’t loved. BLACK MAMAS.  US.

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Black women are the world’s fiercest activists… we convince our girls to love themselves when the world does not and even when we, ourselves, are broken.

The same mouth we use to “cuss a bitch out” is the same mouth we kiss our babies with while greasing their scalps. Intersectionality allows us to twerk in booty shorts and protest police brutality. FUCK your respectability politics. We are carrying “Frank’s Hot Sauce” and “Sweet Baby Ray’s Barbecue Sauce” in our bags like my boo, Darell, because it makes shit taste good.  Yes, I know that black activism is so much more than this but THIS is our experience too.

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Beyonce is getting these heauxs together! Yaaaaaaas!

Let’s also relish in the fact that Bey has done what has NOT been done in videos in ages… USED ALL BLACK FOLKS! I saw folks that looked like people who I grew up with like the lady who ran numbers on my grandma’s block, old boy that was always outside on the basketball court practicing his jump shot and the woman who looks like everybody’s auntie that can cook her ass off! Come on black people.

This Beyonce and I would have the only kiki in this piece with chicken wings, all of our good girlfriends and our gay boos, something top shelf for our bougie heauxs and all types of music and mayhem while coming up with a plan to make the world a better place for us.  Because THIS… is what WE do.

*Besos*

K.

 

 

K. Araújo, a native Detroiter, is a cross between Claire Huxtable, Rosie Pérez and Millie Jackson. Widow, professional dragger of filth and Mami to the dopest Ethiopian EVER, she is the Editor in Chief of “Negra With Tumbao” and a Staff Writer for “The Urban Twist”. Keka has been known to shake what her mama gave her, is the hell and high water, an expert salsera and cussologist with a penchant for the finer things in life and is and forever shall be- unapologetically black.

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  • Mary Burrell

    And all the white folks are mad. Is it because it’s just unapologetically black and excludes them. Because they don’t understand us as a people. This is just how entitled white folks think they are, they feel they can police and control black people ways of being and doing. They are foaming at the mouth like rabid dogs. Whenever black people do or say something to uplift or celebrate ourselves they (white people) get mad. Well they can stay mad for all I care.

    • You are spot on!!!!

    • Lisa Hardy

      Mary, I’m a white female and I am not mad about this at all. I have never really been a huge Beyoncé fan before, but I’m actually loving this real Beyoncé. Her being more authentic, raw & vulnerable has attracted me more to her. Perhaps her path was to become the superstar she is now with how she did it. Now, with such a platform she has so many more ears to open up. To me, what’s important, is getting there finally. And I’m with her. She’s right, WOMEN need to get into formation. Of course, there can be subsets of this because each of our races has it’s own issues to overcome, but I really think it’s women as a whole that need to make a real difference in this world.

      • That’s super optimistic but the reality is even when white women make gains..it’s not inclusive of black women. In fact, we aren’t in the narrative so there’s really no reason why black women shouldn’t look out for us only…first and foremost.

  • Ok my good… love her music so much, I would like to be in her concert today