Beyonce’s ‘Formation’ Is Activism for African Americans
Beyonce’s ‘Formation’ Is Activism for African Americans

Beyonce’s ‘Formation’ Is Activism for African Americans

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The “formation” by Beyonce is now recognized as pro black trap anthem. In this song, Beyonce is calling on Black women to unite. She is also making a bold return to the music limelight. This video portrays female empowerment, police brutality and black live matters. The “Formation” music video depicts positive outlook on black culture and community. Many depictions used in the video shows black unity and pride. This essay explores the theme of empowerment among the African American women depicted in the “Formation” video by Beyonce
In several ways, “Formation” by Beyonce and the clip for “Formation” enacts and exemplifies core tension between constitutive invisibility and continuing of African female bodies.

The song depicts the intensifying demand for autonomy and visibility. The “Formation” by Beyonce traces out a stylized and abstracted picture of Katrina Diaspora. The video explores scenarios and number of figures that might have been touched by the disaster. In this video, Beyonce affirms her identity as Texan born of Alabaman and Louisianan parents. “My daddy Alabama, Momma Louisiana” (Beyonce 1-5). She digs into her family roots. She describes her mother as Louisiana Creole and her father as an African American man from Alabama. This shows how Beyonce is proud and contented with the black supremacy Beyonce likes black culture because it involves thick, natural and complicated hair; hair that is unique and one of a kind because it includes naps. In this video, Beyonce globally empowered all black women in the world. She has shown how to beat stereotypes against your gender and skin as a black person. In this mu

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sic video, Beyonce has shown that being a pro black does not mean anti-white.

In the music video, “Formation” by Beyonce“stop shooting us” is written in spray paint on wall accuses the white people of killing American men and women recklessly. This is clearly depicted by a child dancing in a black hoodie in front of the police officers. The message is made more robust concerning the “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot.” To ascertain her stand, Beyonce brought “Formation” to pay homage to the black panthers. The artist exemplified the black excellence. The affronting fact about “Formation” is the way in which the video finds real queerness in aggressive regulation forms that are designed to neutralize everyday life in America among the blacks. The video renders the African American women disempowered and invisible (Arzumanova, 50). The video depicts police institutions as highly performative; they are based on tactile affiliations and promiscuous connections. In this video, Beyonce continually reforms and deforms the militaristic structures oppressing the African American women. This clip provides an incredible fluidity; it points out androgynous African American women are organized. The Beyonce dancers in this video move seamlessly between staccato and fluid dance positions, they continually collapse and reconstitute the line that depicts organization and obedience.

In the video, the line of riot police giving in to the power of a gorgeous child is not anti-police or anti-white. It is pro life, pro black, pro-art and pro-hope. The picture of Beyonce on top of a police car shows a powerful black woman brilliantly telling stories for black

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people, the black asserting beauty, power and the raw truth of the individuals who have been stringently silenced for centuries. The song calls for black women to stand in formation, celebrate and get information about black excellence. In the “Formation” music video, Beyonce sinking of an Orleans police car depicts the anticipated death of mass incarceration of black people (Arzumanova, 66).

Formation shows that Beyonce is not a pro black woman without a squad to make room for physically challenged women, women who are Trans and above all black women. Beyonce is southern and proud. Southern Americans are always viewed as ignorant, unsophisticated, below average and uneducated. “Earned all this money but they never take the country out me, I got a hot sauce in my bag, swag, “shows that because you just gained money, you should not forget your roots. In conclusion, Beyonce exemplified on how the blacks should appreciate themselves; she exemplified on how the African American women should organize themselves and do formation. This music video portrayed how the black culture should be respected by the whites. Beyonce showed that the black supremacy is always on top of the game and empowerment should be the key input in the African American women.

Work cited

  1. Arzumanova, Inna. “The culture industry and Beyoncé’s proprietary blackness.” Celebrity Studies 7.3 (2016): 421-424.
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