Beyoncé Flips The ‘Formation’ Conversation
One thing is clear: She slays. Beyoncé continues to reign in life, love and career.
Some hate it, others join the #BeyHive, and then there are those who love to hate everything about the “Texas ‘bama”. Whatever your personal feelings, you have to applaud Blue’s mama for doing the damn thing and ‘being’ on her terms, unapologetically.
As the April cover star of ELLE Magazine and upon the launch of her Ivy Park athleisure apparel – a partnership with TopShop, Bey gives further insight into the art of “Formation” and provides 100% clarity into a message many tried (and some failed) to interpret:
Her words, below:
I’m an artist and I think the most powerful art is usually misunderstood. But anyone who perceives my message as anti-police is completely mistaken. I have so much admiration and respect for officers and the families of officers who sacrifice themselves to keep us safe. But, let’s be clear, I am against police brutality and injustice. Those are two separate things. If celebrating my roots and culture during Black History Month made anyone uncomfortable, those feelings were there long before a video and long before me. I’m proud of what we created and I’m proud to be a part of a conversation that is pushing things forward in a positive way.
It’s funny how creatives can be held to such a standard that when they decide to expand their artistic wings, backs turn and voices criticize. Music, performance, entertainment are all expressive art. The wildfire criticism that surrounded the bombshell release of ‘Formation’ was so misguided. “How dare the universal pop star acknowledge and embrace her culture on a worldwide platform?”
News Flash: She’s never not been Black.
Yes, the visual of the song highlights social tensions and injustices. The timing of its release was powerful: Black History Month. The day after what should have been Trayvon Martin’s 21st Birthday. One day before what should have been Sandra Bland’s 29th.
There was definitely a message to be heard. Finally, Bey is addressing the drama head on.
I see it, I want it, I stunt, yellow-bone it
I dream it, I work hard, I grind ’til I own it
#BossMoves. Slay, Bey, Slay.
*Photo: Beyoncé’s Instagram