As well as putting the #BlackLivesMatter movement back in the spotlight in front of over 100 million viewers last night, Beyonce has inspired me to pick up blogging again. Cos if she can make a surprise come back so can I.
This post isn’t really fashion related but an appreciation to what she and thousands of people are doing. If you didn’t see last night’s Superbowl performance or the brand new music video she dropped a day before you really should! It is unapologetically black and therefore important.
Let me give you a little run down anyway… Formation is a black anthem. She owns her blackness. She evokes the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina while endorsing the #BlackLivesMatter movement, Malcom X and the Black Panthers. She highlights the past while forecasting an even greater future, all to an addictive beat…fire.
Beyonce is without a doubt at the top of her field she no longer needs the press, interviews magazine covers.. her music is now speaking for her and just when we need a high profile voice.
“Black Lives Matter is a unique contribution that goes beyond extrajudicial killings of Black people by police and vigilantes. It goes beyond the narrow nationalism that can be prevalent within some Black communities, which merely call on Black people to love Black, live Black and buy Black, keeping straight cis Black men in the front of the movement while our sisters, queer and trans and disabled folk take up roles in the background or not at all. Black Lives Matter affirms the lives of Black queer and trans folks, disabled folks, Black-undocumented folks, folks with records, women and all Black lives along the gender spectrum. It centers those that have been marginalized within Black liberation movements. It is a tactic to (re)build the Black liberation movement.”