Queen Bey has some great hits out there, and she basically has a song for every emotion. With the release of Formation and then the later release of Lemonade, I’ve been thinking about whether or not Queen Bey has been trying to tell her fellow black women how to run the world all along. I mean, even if she’s not, her lyrics can still be used as a mantra during those times when it feels like the world is kicking us down and we need to kick back.
Formation: “Earned all this money, but they never take the country out me…” – There is this misconception that once a black person reaches a certain level of wealth and comfort that they can no longer truly know what it feels like to be black. Um, as Donald Trump would say: WRONG. Don’t let anyone invalidate your blackness because you’re on your grind, making your money, and living your life. This person may think that they are “keeping it real” by saying your drive and motivation make you less black, but they are indeed incorrect. Oh, and please inform them that their stupidity is actually detrimental to the black race. Kay, thanks!
***Flawless: “I took some time to live my life, but don’t think I’m just his little wife. Don’t get it twisted, get it twisted. This my sh*t…” – We are more than our partners! We are more than our partners! Beyoncé had a career some of these current popstars will never have before she was married, and she refused to be relegated to just Jay-Z’s wife. She acknowledges that he exist and they are indeed a married couple, but she is making it very clear that everything she has is because she worked for it. Moral of this ***flawless story? Work and make something yourself, and CLAP BACK when someone dares insinuates that you are only a specific role in relation to someone else, especially if that someone is a man.
Don’t Hurt Yourself: “You ain’t trying hard enough, you ain’t loving hard enough…’til I realize, I’m just too much for you…” – This song is probably one of my favorite Beyoncé songs, if not my absolute favorite, but that’s besides the point. As black women,we’re kind of told to be appreciative of what we have: we want more diversity in television, people name 5 black actresses and tell us we’re asking for too much; we want intersectionality within feminism, white women tell us that racism doesn’t exist or correlate, etc. Beyoncé is literally screaming at us to wake up (or maybe she’s screaming at Jay-Z…the world may never know). We cannot be afraid to let those around us know that they now have to reach our level of excellence. We also can’t be afraid to let people know when they are behaving at a subpar level to our standards. And we must never forget that some people will just be burned by our awesomeness because they simply can’t keep up..
I Was Here: “I did, I’ve done, everything that I wanted, and it was more than I tought it would be, I will leave my mark, soul, everyone will know, I was here.” – Don’t underestimate yourself. Most likely, the goals you want to complete are just a fraction of what you’re actually capable of. Your legacy will be greater than you can ever imagine, if you put in the work and keep moving.
Formation (again): “Get what’s mine (take what’s mine), I’m a star (I’m a star), cause I slay…” – I’ve loved this line (and the subsequent times she says it in the song) since the first day I heard it. This line is for those days where you feel like you are failing at everything. You are amazing. You are beautiful. You will stunt on all the haters as they sip their haterade because you slay. When Yoncé says that she slays and takes what is hers because she is a star, she is saying that we black women are also all slaying and taking what is ours. If “Run The World” was a girls anthem, this is her black girl anthem.
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