Get in Formation, girl.

The Forbidden Fruit | Imani Lee | February 16, 2016

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With the offset of Beyonce’s visuals for Formation, being a black girl is more lit than ever. We have #BeingABlackGirlIsLit on Twitter and an even more overwhelming sense of unapologetic appreciation for our culture.


The song and video combination not only slayed our edges collectively, but with it being Black History Month, we have one more thing to celebrate. The hashtag #BeingABlackGirlIsLit was trending for days (and it still may be), even making the highlight on Twitter’s Moments tab.


What I love even more is that the movement created wasn’t just about us strong, grown black women. From Blue Ivy’s scenes in the video sprung #HairLikeBlue, which emphasizes teaching black children to embrace their natural hair — like Blue. Little girls and grown women alike participated in the hashtag getting thousands of retweets.

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Controversy has continued to surround the lyrics and visuals, but don’t miss the point Beyonce is conveying to her audience — us. It is an expression of pure, strong, unapologetic blackness. Embracing our skin tones, our culture (from the deep south or not), embracing our natural hair and baby hairs. As a collective, we should get in formation, not just because Beyonce said so, but because as black women, we are a unit.

This may be a different avenue for Bey to venture in, but I think I speak for all us when I say I’m glad she went there with it. While other artists have also taken this approach with their music, with Beyonce’s strong execution and her already strong fanbase the song blew up faster than we could keep up before the Super Bowl performance.

I’m not going to lie either, I kind of liked the way it made some of the mayo community squirm too. I can’t wait to see more of this type of unapologetic approach from Beyonce and other artists as the year progresses.

Either way, whether you appreciated Beyonce’s Formation or not, never forget to embrace and love your unique blackness. You’re a Goddess, girl.