Thoughts On Beyonce

Unless you've been living under a rock Patrick Star-style, you know that Beyonce has been making moves this past weekend. Saturday she shocked the world (again) with a spontaneous release of a new single as well at its music video. Then she gave a pretty stellar halftime performance at Superbowl 50, totally stealing the show from the "real" headliner, Coldplay.

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I'll start off with the song. If you haven't heard "Formation" or seen the music video yet, check it out here before reading on.

There's been a lot of talk about what in the world the lyrics mean, and in my opinion, I love them. Nothing but straight up inspirational lyrics from the Queen herself. I want to break down the lyrics a little bit to help analyze them a bit more.

"My daddy Alabama, Momma Louisiana / You mix that negro with that Creole make a Texas bamma" Beyonce givin' her parents a little shoutout like any girl should. She also gives her daughter, Blue Ivy an appearance multiple times throughout the video and even promotes positive body image with the lyric "I like my baby hair, with baby hair and afros." Way to go, girl, puttin' family first.

"Y'all haters corny with that illuminati mess / Paparazzi, catch my fly, and my cocky fresh" Bey is sick and tired of people saying she's only where she's at because of "the illuminati" and other BS, so she's calling them out. Beyonce is there because of her hard work.

"I like my negro nose with Jackson Five nostrils" More body image positivity? Yaaaaaaas.

"Earned all this money but they never take the country out me" She may be worth $450 million, but she's still tied to her roots, and still cares about them.

Which brings me to the most powerful message of "Formation": the multiple references to Hurricane Katrina and the slam to police. Let me elaborate.

The video starts with B standing on a flood-sunken New Orleans police car, with the lyrics "What happened at the New Orleans?" Well, that's one strong beginning. Queen B may not be from NOLA, but she is from Houston, which was also hit hard by Hurricane Katrina. B has done so much for the victims of the natural disaster, including donating $7 Million to Houston's homeless and setting up the Survivor Foundation. Beyonce drowns on this same NOPD car at the end of the video, yet another powerful image.

But why is Beyonce making a statement about Hurrican Katrina, when it happened 11 years ago? Well, that was a very prominent event that highlighted the difference in the treatment of white and African-Americans. According to this Gallup poll from 2005, it is extremely clear that Katrina made a much bigger setback from African-Americans as compared to white Americans. 

It's no surprise that race is-- and has been-- a huge issue in America. Bey isn't about to stay quiet about this. She makes huge statements with imagery: artwork featuring Martin Luther King Jr., a graffiti wall with the words “Stop shooting us,” and, even a little boy dancing in front of a police riot squad. 

This isn't Bey's first motion for the Black Lives Matter movement, either. The Daily Beast reported that Beyonce and husband, Jay-Z have bailed out protestors in Baltimore and Fergeson and have recently donated $1.5 million to the Black Lives Matter movement. 

A final slap at the police brutality? Bey in black, funeral garb, throwing up the double middle fingers. What. A. Statement.


On another note, Beyonce doesn't hide her success. "I just might be a black Bill Gates in the making." Well, Bey, I'd say you're almost there. 

Finally, my favorite lyric from the entire song: "Always stay gracious, best revenge is your paper."

Slay B, slay.

Now on to the Superbowl halftime show. How awesome was that? Not only did B rock this new song live (doesn't she always), but she made a subtle tribute to the late Michael Jackson by wearing a similar outfit to what he wore when he performed at Superbowl XXVII (that's 27). 

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To finish it all off, Beyonce announced her world tour immediately after the crazy halftime performance with a subtle, but beautiful commercial. Will I be buying tickets? Abso-f***ing-lutely.

What do you think of Beyonce's new song? Share your thoughts below!

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