Beyonce, Black Folk and Other Shenanigans
So by now I am so sure that everyone and their mom has seen the “Formation” video at least one to two hundred times. I mean I just like the part when Big Freida says “I eat collards greens and cornbreads bitch.” (I live, I secretly wanted her to say I eat oxtails and dumplings bitch #jamaicanformation) There is no need to go into great detail about all of the backlash that Ms. Knowles has had due to her alleged “controversial” Super Bowl performance and the release of the video. But I want to take this time to just say thank you Queen Bey, for kicking off THE BEST BLACK HISTORY MONTH EVER. Now I have got to cover a few topics here. From glorious wins to disappointment, and everything in between, this has been a most riveting experience.
So Beyonce, in all her glory allowed y’all to wake up to a new video and a new voice of the revolution, that surely hoteps have been waiting for. Unfortunately everyone wasn’t so excited, and for the life of me, I couldn’t figure out why. Why was black folk mad at Beyonce. Listen to the song… ratchet hook, discusses slaying, twerkable beat…check. The ratchets are happy! Watch the video with no audio…Black Lives Matter…Native Americans…Moor symbolism…Nation of Islam…New Orleans…Stop shooting us…The cops surrendering to the little black boy (genius)…check. The hoteps are happy! Wait bishes, wait! Did she then show up to the Superbowl in full black panther regalia and have her dancers twerk in an “X” formation (see what I did there) for Malcolm X? Yea she did that! But for some unknown God forsaken reason some black people were still mad.
Whyyyyyy, Why black people was you mad tho… What do you want? I’m starting to feel like if someone gathered all the African Americans in one room and said what do you want? Literally you can have anything, what do you want? We would end up with 3 pairs of Jordans and some bomb ass potato salad. Ain’t no pleasing us sometimes! Even with all the splashes of negativity on my timeline, I said NOT TODAY SATAN! Not during my favorite holiday, black history month!!!! And my prayers were answered it kept getting better! Kendrick Lamar had a breakout performance at the Grammy’s. He came out chained and brought the Prison Industrial Complex to the forefront of one of America’s largest stages. Rapping the “Blacker the Berry” over a saxophone jazz harmony. Then he goes into all out hypeness with “Alright” (at which point the audience would have gone ape shit…if they weren’t mostly white and unaware) complete with flames (that burned white supremacy) and African dancers that made the ancestors proud. He even freestyled about the death of Trayvon Martin. Then he topped it off with a silhouette of Africa that had “Compton” in the middle (which I’m sure we are all trying to find a V-neck shirt with our hometown city in the middle).
But of course the Lord said “Oh no, I’m not done!” Gods of Egypt (the same Egypt that’s in Africa) the super white washed movie about Kemetic gods and goddesses but that stars a Scottish actor (yea, that one), it flopped at the movie theatre. The $140 million budget movie only made $15 million in the U.S. on opening night. And I’m just over here like we just need one person to cut a fool at the Oscars and they gone be real mad!
Unfortunately, that didn’t happen. Chris Rock’s subpar monologue at the beginning of the Oscars, let me unimpressed! He tried to come for Jada Pinkett Smith, stating that her boycott of the Oscars was a ridiculous idea. He insinuated that the idea lacked substance because she wasn’t even invited. He further parted his boot licking lips to make racially charged jokes to the majority white audience, saying that the oscars have been white yet we didn’t protest before, since we had more important things to protest. You can’t be mad at the oscars “when your grandmother is hanging from a tree!” Really, Chris, really? You know what even though he tried to ruin the most awesome Black History Month since its inception, the honorable mentions of the month came through to round out this most auspicious holiday!
- 16th anniversary of Back That AZZ Up: The single most important song in the history of music. The only song that if you are at work, the gym, prayer meeting, or a funeral will still give you the same reaction. Finding the nearest friend and having a twerk off!!!
- Oscar Boycott: Ava Duvernay held a benefit to boycott the Oscars (the same night as the Oscars) in Flint, Michigan. Hosting some of the best youth talent in Michigan. Shout out to Black Girl Magic!
- Trap Covers: Apparently, some random white people decided to make acoustic versions of Beyonce’s Formation, and Rihanna’s Work. And in the greatest Clapback ever, Black folk decided to make Trap Covers. Taking songs from historically white artists and turning them into Trap songs #CLASSIC If you really want to piss white people off turn a Beatles or Queen song into a trap song
- Icing on the cake: We got 29 days this year!!! A whole extra 24 hours of black excellence and shenanigans!!!!!! What more? What more do you want? I mean, are you not entertained?