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Hey, Middle America loves and adores Beyonce... until she dares suggest that cops killing unarmed black guys all the time is more than a bit fucked up.

Hey, a black woman can entertain you with her cool songs and sex appeal and TWERKING~! and all that other stuff.  “Oh,  wow. Look at her butt!” 

But God forbid she brings up a valid political issue about police corruption. 

Just saying: Certain people only like Beyonce until the point she stops being convenient and sexy for them. 

A pushback post dedicated to those who think the ‪‎Formation‬ lyrics don't match the video.

“Do you fools listen to or do you just skim through it.”
- Jay Z, “Renegade”

Let me start this by saying I’m not a Beyonce stan. I wouldn’t even classify myself as a fan. I’ve never owned any of her albums, including the Destiny’s Child ones (unless I claim my college roommate owning and constantly playing the No, No, No single back in the 90s). However, I do respect Beyonce as a black woman, as an artist, and someone who has a ridiculous work ethic. And she does have songs I like (my favorite being Flaws and All. The writing and feeling of that song is dope as hell) With that said, I see a lot of people confused by the lyrics of Beyonce’s new song “Formation.” While it’s funny to make memes about Red Lobster (the man looking in the mirror telling himself to “Get back in there and earn that Red Lobster” is my favorite), it’s important to note that the Red Lobster reference goes along with the theme of the song. I keep seeing people type how the lyrics don’t match the video. I don’t agree at all. This song is Black Girl Magic at it’s core. It’s Carefree Black Girl at it’s core. It’s being unapologetically Black. And being those things in this society is an act of rebellion. Let me go a bit further.

“Y'all haters corny with that illuminati mess
Paparazzi, catch my fly, and my cocky fresh”

She starts the song addressing all the YouTube comments about her being in the illuminati. Every time someone makes it big now, YouTube commenters can’t wait to find reasons to show how they’re in the illuminati. If you wink at the camera, that’s an eye over the pyramid reference and it means you’re in the illuminati. Hell, YouTube commenters have said that Kai is in the illuminati because she has viral videos on YouTube. It’s disrespectful. We’ve all watched Beyonce from the days she was working with Kelly, Latavia (I used to be in love with her… Hey boo! **insert winky emoji**), Letoya, and Wyclef. up to the present. She’s worked HARD and saying she got where she is because she’s in the some secret society is lazy thinking by lazy people who don’t have her work ethic. They haven’t made it where they want to be, so there has to be some secret society others belong to when they make it. She deads that shit from the start.

“I’m so reckless when I rock my Givenchy dress (stylin’)
I’m so possessive so I rock his Roc necklaces”

Again, carefreeness. “I’m reckless with what I want. AND I love and rep my man. Say something. I dare you!” Shoutout to the cocky black women who don’t give a damn what others think. Again, that’s an act of rebellion.

“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
Earned all this money but they never take the country out me
I got a hot sauce in my bag, swag”

Do I really need to break this down? She’s letting you know what it is. Don’t get it twisted. THIS is WHO I am. Also, “don’t come for Blue’s hair or me or my man’s black features ANYMORE.”

(interlude by Messy May + Big Freedia)
"Oh yeah baby, oh yeah I, ohhhhh, oh yes I like that
I did not come to play with you hoes, haha
I came to slay, bitch I like cornbreads and collard greens, bitch
Oh yes, you besta believe it”

See above. Stays with the theme.

Then there’s a repeat of the first verse followed by the chorus. I could break down the chorus, but it’s pretty self explanatory.

“When he fuck me good I take his ass to Red Lobster, cause I slay
When he fuck me good I take his ass to Red Lobster, cause I slay
If he hit it right, I might take him on a flight on my chopper, cause I slay
Drop him off at the mall, let him buy some J’s, let him shop up, cause I slay
I might get your song played on the radio station, cause I slay
I might get your song played on the radio station, cause I slay
You just might be a black Bill Gates in the making, cause I slay
I just might be a black Bill Gates in the making”

So this seems to be where the confusion lies. “What does fucking her man, and Red Lobster have to do with this song?” Um, EVERYTHING. It fits the theme. She’s not talking about some random ass dude. She’s talking about her Black husband. And while Bey and Jay can afford to go to any restaurant on Earth, she says Red Lobster for a reason. For the same reason she mentioned keeping Hot Sauce in her bag (swag!). Red Lobster was the spot you took your boo when you thought you were being fancy back in the day. It’s such a “ghetto" idea nowadays, but back in the day you were hood/country ballin if you took bae to Red Lobster (call me ghetto, but I’m still hitting Red Lobster up for Endless Shrimp and Cheddar Biscuits. I am who I am damnit). It’s hood/country like carrying hot sauce in your purse. It’s also a power move in the sense that SHE’S taking bae out, not reverse. She has her own and if SHE’S pleased, SHE’S making that move.

She follows that theme up with a straight power move, but same concept. If SHE’S pleased she’s taking him on a chopper ride. If SHE’S pleased she’ll toss his ass a couple crumbs and tell him to go get some J’s. She could’ve easily said some fancy ass designer by she said J’s for a reason. It keeps true to hood/country wants/needs reminding us all of WHO she is.

Want more black girl magic/power? Well she has that too. I can get YOUR shit played on the radio if I choose (I feel bad here because she bout to get hella struggle Soundcloud links in her Twitter mentions). Why can she makes these things happen? Because she slays damnit. Black girl magic… Carefree black girl. The theme stays consistent.

Lastly, and this may be my favorite part of the song. She could’ve chosen any rich white billionaire to say here. Her and Jay are close to Warren Buffet so it makes sense to use him right? Nah! Bill Gates. Gates is famous for his philanthropy. So why she could just sit back and be a rich baddie with a powerful rich husband and adorable daughter, she’s saying that’s not enough. She’s about to start speaking. She’s putting her power into play for something more. The proof of that is in the video. The proof is having a dozen black women with afros and black berets, on the 50th anniversary of the formation of the Black Panther Party and only a few miles away from where they started, on stage at the Superbowl singing this song knowing backlash will come. The proof of that is the money they’ve reportedly used to fund BLM issues on the low low. The proof of that is this new world tour raising money for Flint. It reminds me of her husband’s reflection on his song “Minority Report” which was about the guilt he felt after not helping as much as he could after Katrina.

“Left them on they porches, same old story in New Orleans
Silly rappers, cause we got a couple Porsches
MTV stopped by to film our fortresses
We forget the unfortunate
Sure, I ponied up a mil’ but I didn’t give my time
So in reality I didn’t give a dime
Or a damn, I just put my monies in the hands
Of the same people that left my people stranded”

While there are clear BLM themes in the video (which I love), this song is about being Black Unapologetically. And she’s not waiting until she falls off and has less to lose to say and be this. She’s at the height of her career. She’s damn near on MJ icon level (before you start spazzing, I said DAMN NEAR). The timing of this is important. Years from now we’ll look back on this and realize how amazing that Superbowl moment was. People will talk about how much pride this gave them. Shoutout to Beyonce for this.

Finally, let us not forget the finals words of the song which lead me to believe this is just the beginning….

"Girl I hear some thunder
Golly this is that water boy, oh lord”

Middle America loving and adoring Beyonce until the moment she even dares suggests that cops killing unarmed black people all the time is not good at all says it all really. Then she gets disowned and boycotted.

You only want this lady as a hot, sexy entertainer. Oh, and isn’t her ass firm and staunch and nice?!

But God forbid she has an opinion, political awareness and critical-thinking ability or anything.

The Michael Slager case. Like, when you get caught on camera blatantly being a murderer. When you get caught on camera blatantly planting evidence.  And no one in the world can possibly excuse it.

But despite all the overwhelming evidence you still plead not guilty and won’t accept a plea deal.

Because, hey, who knows? Maybe most of those jury members will consist of Fox News viewers. You never know.

Um yeah. This is basically what is going on with Micheal Slager.

damn i hope those recent unfollowers were racists bc that would make a lot of sense

i am SO tired of reading conservative reactions to everything, i’m tired of the racism and the sexism and the transphobia and the “just get over it” and “blue lives matter” and “black-on-black crime” and “king obama” and “reverse racism” and “killary clinton” and “thugs” and “refugees are rapists”

and all of this shit that comes pretty invariably from old white people who act SO. DAMN. VICTIMIZED. by everything on the fucking planet when they don’t know SHIT and they haven’t tried to see anything from anybody else’s perspective ever in their goddamn lives. 

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Wanna know what to do when you’ve literally watched EVERYTHING on Netflix and you’ve had a terribly bad day…  simply get your HouseMate to try and dye your black hair blue and of course film it for your joint youtube channel!
What could go wrong?!

ALSO: We have a quick “serious” chat about pubic hair and internalised misogyny, so… there’s that?

Thin-skinned cops don’t like Beyoncé

Originally posted by beylegend

Angry cops throw a hissy fit over Beyonce’s ‘anti-police’ Super Bowl halftime show

During a Super Bowl party in Washington at the J.W. Marriott members of the National Sheriffs’ Association turned off the television in protest during Sunday’s halftime show when Beyoncé came on the screen to sing her latest song “Formation,” the Washington Examiner reports.

The music video of the tune pays homage to, among other things, those killed in New Orleans in the wake of hurricane Katrina. Many are calling the song and her performance a black power anthem in part because the video features a spray painted wall reading “stop shooting us” in reference to the numerous cases of police brutality on people of color.

Chicago Code BLUE joined in the boycott and posted a rejection of Beyoncé on Facebook and encouraged others to boycott the show. A Facebook page was also started calling for a full boycott of the singer with an avatar that says “Blue Lives Matter.”

The performance, Sunday featured a chorus of African American dancers with berets that were reminiscent of the Black Panther Party which was founded 50 years prior in Oakland, just over the Bay from the Super Bowl. Before the performance, some of the dancers took a photo with fists raised, holding a sign that read “Justice for Mario Woods.” Woods was a young black man with a knife that was surrounded by police and shot.