Besides the Internet breaking last weekend when Beyoncé snatched all of our edges, it was clear that White people were perturbed. No actually, they were downright terrified of the unapologetic blackness Beyoncé displayed in her new video for the song “Formation” and her subsequent Super Bowl performance. Apparently, SNL caught the fuss and made a hilarious skit about it called “The Day Beyoncé Turned Black.”
The very nature of racism has existed in every sphere and realm for quite sometime; in music, film, TV, financial services, and media as a workplace, we are often avoiding the true nature of sharing our experiences as Black individuals. But, in my 21 years of living, I’ve never witnessed a more bold, appreciative, and unapologetic Black History Month. Everyone is making moves, even the Queen Bey herself.
Queen Bey literally owned the past 48 hours of everyone’s lives. More importantly though, she used her station as arguably the world’s biggest pop star to address the issues facing Black Americans around the country.
This article has been updated (below) since its original publication.
Beyoncé is reportedly planning to write and star in her own movie on Saartjie Baartman, a South African woman who was exhibited in London freak shows in the 1800s nicknamed “Hottentot Venus” due to her large butt.
As a graduate student in Race Politics and Black Feminism, I am entirely too familiar with what it means to be silenced and excluded from feminist theories and narratives which have historically been focused on middle class White women.
In my academic career at private White institutions (PWIs), I have had liberal White students – usually young women who consider themselves feminists – say things to me like “sorry we’re not all from the ghetto” and “this conversation is about women, not Black people.” These experiences are precisely why the Politicizing Beyoncé course at Rutgers University is so vital. But, it’s been cancelled. And, it is simply a travesty that the institutions meant to educate this country’s next generation of leaders and scholars do not use courses like these to disrupt the racist tendencies of mainstream White feminism. Instead, they reinscribe a status quo which ostracizes Black feminism and its most prominent members, namely Beyoncé.
On Wednesday, Beyoncé released a short remake of her ‘7/11’ to celebrate LGTBQ Pride month and marriage equality. All hail Queen Bey.
Beyoncé and Nicki have broken the internet with their “Feeling Myself” video. You probably still don’t have a Tidal subscription but you’ve definitely seen the video and the million GIFs it’s produced. Beyoncé released some shots from “Feeling Myself” on her website and they’re just what you need to get through Humpday.