The Black Movement: As Told by Beyoncé in ‘Formation’

As many of you have heard, Beyoncé released a new video for her song ‘Formation’ on Saturday. The song addresses concern that relate to the Black Movement, and since it is Black History Month, she definitely picked a great month to release this new song.

The video begins with her referencing Hurricane Katrina and the lack of support for the black community in the aftermath of the disaster. The video continues to show her wearing all black funeral attire with her head bowed down, which can be seen as her grieving for the lost black lives in the past few years. One image is seen with a young black kid putting his hands up while a line up of police officers put their hands up as well. This is definitely a reference to the “Hands up, don’t shoot” movement that spread across the world after the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. 

Not to mention there is a part of the video where the words ‘Stop shooting us’ can be seen written on the wall. While Beyoncé is known for never interfering with political matters, it seems that she is taking on a role as a political activist, and using her fame and reach to spread a message about black power and black love.

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 bamma.

I like my baby hair, with baby hair and afros. I like my Negro nose with Jackson Five nostrils.


Her opening addresses the issues of her fame being related to the Illumanti, her love for Jay Z, her heritage, Blue Ivy’s hair choices, and her admiration for black beauty. What’s not to love in this song?