While Beyonce's SuperBowl performance seems to be the new litmus test for racism, what fascinates me most is the conviction of worship. Last weekend did not disappoint my inner-anthropologist as I watched the sheeple take formation to protect their shepherd.
What type of south is Beyoncé trying to get us to see and hear? Are we still in the Beyhive or down in the fire ant pit? I'd put money on the latter, and a lot of folks ain't comfortable with that. It's cool. "Formation" ain't for everybody.
Celebration and distraction are not the same thing. Taking time to step back from our difficult realities to rejoice, heal and love together is crucial. Investing in corporate fantasies and confusing them with our movements is detrimental.
Beyoncé's nod to the original Black Panther Party was brilliant. She put herself on the chopping block, kindling to get a conversation started. An albino alligator, you might say.
Super Bowl 50 was a boring game. Most of its commercials were too. Like the poor guy in AstraZeneca's opioid-induced constipation ad, I kept longing for something truly big to happen, but I too was poop out of luck.
As a white woman, Beyonce's video and subsequent Superbowl performance is like my sister having a really amazing party that I get to go to. The Beyonce performances of Formation are not our party. We are there, we get to be at the party. But we can't be blowing out the candles and expecting people to sing to us.
Beyonce utilized the ultimate American patriarchal and capitalist space in an effort to be a bold, black, political woman. And as a woman of color, I found this to be the ultimate clap back to the white American men who own the NFL.
When you listen and watch "Formation," just know that Beyoncé is making bank off of a variation of blackness that she isn't currently living in or experiencing. I guess that's the price we pay for black excellence when it comes at the cost of our own exploitation. I'm already prepared to apply more Bey-Hive repellent this time around.
That the former mayor of NYC -- and so many others -- were talking about B's performance the day after it happened was confirmation that she executed her mission. I wish more artists would follow suit, be brave, and use their platform.
There are so many levels to Formation that those of us who felt it, really feel it. There really isn't (that) much to joke about. Or waste time hating on.
When the price of a 30-second spot on CBS's broadcast of the 50th Super Bowl costs $5 million, you'd think advertisers would use every micro-second of...
Beyonce and her creative marketing team of geniuses are slaying the game indeed and taking over 2016 like Juvenile took over the 99' and the 2000! Entrepreneurs, take note!
To all the bigots that troll black media spaces to insert their "well actually" and " All Lives Matter" bs, please turn your computer off an go try to change a life for the better good. Try changing a life of someone that doesn't look like you or have the same opportunities as you do.
2016s halftime show was a step up and improvement on last year by giving out the message of love, unity and togetherness. So, let's see what next year has in store, bring it on Super Bowl 51.
#22. Stacey Dash's King Magazine cover
It's time for us to stop singing along to any song that has the n-word or celebrates blackness in a way we will never understand. Our ancestors signed away that right when they signed their names to contracts that said they owned human beings.