Time for Black Americans to Get In Formation
By Ada Taylor
Mountains are moved when Black Americans come together and Beyoncé is one artist who understands this. This is the message behind her recent single “Formation” which dropped a day before she performed at Super Bowl 50 on Feb. 7.
But it isn’t just her song that was inspired by Black Power, but her halftime performance as well. Using the national platform of the Super Bowl, Beyoncé paid homage to the Black Panther Party with her costume choice. For some, this was upsetting. For others, it was empowering.
While some do not believe that entertainers have any place in politics, others loved to see their idol speaking out and uplifting their race. Women especially love the song.
At one point, Beyoncé reminded everyone how much money she has now compared to how much she had before. She says that she might be a black Bill Gates in the making, and that you can as well. In fact, this is the entire idea behind formation.
To be in formation means that black people are working together instead of against one another, and this also extends to the larger community. This is why Beyoncé was sure to include the Black Panther Party in her concept of formation, because that is exactly how the Black Panthers came to fruition. The Panthers were born 50 years ago out of a need for black unity, protection and uplifting the black community. They provided breakfast to children who were hungry. now it is time to get in formation once again. It is clear that Beyoncé is taking a stand against police brutality in the video, even having officers raising their hands as if to say “don’t shoot”.
It is 2016 and race is still an issue for many people. What will you do to change this? Will you get in formation? Beyoncé would like to know. And what can we do here at Tennessee State University?