“Okay ladies, now let’s get in formation.” The queen is back and so unapologetically Black. And boy do I love it. For years I waved my Beyhive flag and told folks that Beyoncé is not only proud to be Black, but showcases it every chance she gets. And child let me tell you about the long non-researched dissertations, the faux-intellects try to use. Oh, she doesn’t care about Black struggles. Um, according to Google she spent 7 million on a housing apartments to house victims of Katrina. Oh, but what about lately? You mean when she went and paid the bail of the Black Lives Matter activists or recently when she donated 1.5 million to the said cause. Face it. Beyoncé is what you faux Pro-Black folks been crying about who you needed, but was too busy with your lousy rumors to pay attention. And well, I bet she got your attention now.
“I like my baby hair, with baby hair and afros.” What I love most about this video is how Black it is. If you don’t know anything about the Southern Black lifestyle, this video sure gives you a nice glimpse. But it isn’t just a glimpse of the Southern lifestyle, but a look at the Black struggle in America. From Black Lives Matter to Black LGTQ Community to Hurricane Katrina to Carefree Black Girl. This video touches on everything. I mean she had Messy Mya (Rest In Peace) and Big Freedia on the track. (If you don’t know anything about Bounce music, my friend Google will be here all night.) You literally can write for days on all this representation and symbolism this video and song shows. Oh you don’t like how Beyoncé does her child’s hair? Too bad. She likes her child’s hair as it is. Oh you think she should get a nose job or she already had one? Sorry. She loves her Negro nose with The Jackson 5 nostrils. But it isn’t just that. In the video you see a small boy in a hoodie dancing in front of a group of cops who are in ‘formation.’ And when the little guy is done jigging, the police put their hands up. This scene could easily be seen as an ode to Trayvon Martin, Mike Brown, and Tamir Rice. Especially since ‘Stop Shooting Us’ is spray painted on the wall. The biggest symbolism is when Beyoncé is laying on top of a New Orleans police car as it sinks in the rising water. As a reminder that, no we didn’t we forget about you New Orleans.
“Always stay gracious. Best revenge is your paper.” In 2016, if you’re Black and don’t at least appreciate what Beyoncé is trying to do, then stay your faux-intellect self away from the internet and out the way of progress. Beyoncé has proven time and time again that she has been woke and trying to participate in the cause. But it’s you keyboard gangsters who cry about what celebrities are doing while you don’t do nothing, that really need to sit this one out. At the end of the day, Beyoncé is a carefree unapologetic Black woman, whose f—-s have finally depleted. And it is so much fun to watch. So while you keyboard smash your computer to get your simple point across, I’ll be over here eating chicken. Don’t worry, “I got hot sauce in my bag, swag.” – Pooh Bailey