4 Reasons Why I As A Black Woman Want Beyonce To Have Some Formation [OP-ED]

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Everyone in America saw Beyonce’s performance last night.   The whole concept of formation or cooperation or amalgamation does not work for me. I won’t keep you in suspense much longer and get right to the meat of my issue.

 

#4 Pick a side. The packaging is muddy.

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The video showcases the many facets of you as a woman. It even features your beautiful daughter in what looks like antebellum clothes.The Antebellum Period in American history is generally considered to be the period before the civil war and after the War of 1812, although some historians expand it to all the years from the adoption of the Constitution in 1789 to the beginning of the Civil War. It was characterized by the rise of abolition and the gradual polarization of the country between abolitionists and supporters of slavery. Thrown in the middle of that is you in a scarlet body suit and you placed on top of sinking police car. The outer stronger images are forgotten.

The technological advances and religious and social movements of the Antebellum Period had a profound effect on the course of American history, including westward expansion to the Pacific, a population shift from farms to industrial centers, sectional divisions that ended in civil war, the abolition of slavery and the growth of feminist and temperance movements. If you are claiming the strength of a woman than tell that story in a clear way in your visuals.

In the middle of the video is this message:

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At the heart of it, that really is your message. I get it. Rebellion, sex and rock and roll go hand in hand. Yet, if you want to be the disruption, you may want to have an idea or concept that is original. Being drenched in jewels and flashing the middle finger shows you are still in your adolescence. Our heroes all moved past that stage and became creative wizards that proved that their talent withstands concession to ‘imagine rebellion’. To see what real rebellion looks like take a look at our predecessors Chaka Khan, Aretha Franklin and Lena Horne.

#3 Really…laying on top of a sinking police car. That’s not a statement, that’s a cliche.

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There is no originality for this one. People complaining about the scene should not be wasting any time on this at all. Take a look around you. Communities have been fighting the sinking feeling of their whole world drowning in debt, unemployment depression and lack of pride. Ms. Beyonce if you are going to be on a sinking police car understand that the community street are sinking because they are being flooded by the ills of our society.

Let me help you out since you want to be a revolutionary:

  • Researchers found the median debt per American household to be $2,300, while the average debt stands at$5,700.
  • Average American Household Debt: $5,700. Average for balance-carrying households: $15,779
  • Total Outstanding U.S. Consumer Debt: $3.4 trillion. Total revolving debt: $929 billion
  • 38.1% of all households carry some sort of credit card debt.
  • Households with the lowest net worth (zero or negative) hold an average of $10,308 in credit card debt.
  • The Northeast and West Coast hold the highest average credit card debt – both averaging over $8,000.

#2 Washed out conformity dependent on our uniform is useless and repeating our worth in sexuality and positions of washed out sex is disturbing.

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A new study from Oregon State University researchers finds that young women who post sexy photos of themselves on social media are more likely to be seen by their peers as less competent. But refraining from posting those kind of images may force women to lose out on “social rewards,” like attention from boys and men. In a press release about the results, the lead researcher of the study pointed out that girls are essentially in a “no-win” situation.Scientists have studied men’s brains and discovered that when they look at images of attractive woman, they see them as “different kinds of humans — ones that are capable of feeling but not thinking.” A 2012 study found that we’ve been taught to look at women in the same way we look at houses or sandwiches: not as a whole individual, but as a composite of separate attractive parts. In other words I am tired of looking at your body parts twisting, gyrating or whatever you call it. Trust me, I get creative expression. I  appreciate  tantalizing images. I come from the 1980’s generation of MTV.

#1 The song is not great.  Period. After seeing it live, the song translates even less.

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No, we are not interested in your photographer issues.  You sing about great pride in your features and pedigree all the time.  Bey we know your background.

Y’all haters corny with that illuminati mess/ Paparazzi, catch my fly, and my cocky fresh
I’m so reckless when I rock my Givenchy dress (stylin’)/ I’m so possessive so I rock his Roc necklaces/ My daddy Alabama, Momma Louisiana/ You mix that negro with that Creole make a Texas bama/ I like my baby hair, with baby hair and afros/ I like my negro nose with Jackson Five nostrils/ Earned all this money but they never take the country out me/I got a hot sauce in my bag, swag

 

The song then surfaces  her work ethics:

I see it, I want it/ I stunt, yeah, yellow bone it/ I dream it, I work hard
I grind ’til I own it/ I twirl on them haters

I go hard, I go hard/ Get what’s mine, take what’s mine/ I’m a star, I’m a star/ Cause I slay, slay/ I slay, hey, I slay, okay/ I slay, okay, all day, okay/ I slay, okay, I slay okay

Okay, okay, ladies, now let’s get in formation, cause I slay/Okay ladies, now let’s get in formation, cause I slay/Prove to me you got some coordination, cause I slay/Slay trick, or you get eliminated

No.. no .. NO! I am not anyone’s whore.

I am not walking any track for you.

The mere fact that this language is being co-opted as norm is shameful. If this is your answer to Adele’s recent success than you are missing the boat. Her success is based on delivering great vocals and stories that people can relate to no matter the race. If you are trying  to give a great dance song  to the world, that is not great either! There is no fun in the song. A catchy chorus delivers fun. If this was suppose to be an anthem of sorts, it’s a failure. No one is uplifted. No one is inspired to think.

Sorry Bey.. you need true formation.

 

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