by Chanelle Adams
Beyoncé released her most politically radical video in the middle of the day on Saturday with absolutely no warning. We were just going about our days completely unaware that Queen Bey was about to affirm our lives. Needless to say, none of us were ready.
MY DADDY ALAMABA, MY MOM LOUISIANA, YOU MIX THAT NEGRO WITH THAT CRIEO MAKE A TEXAS BAMAAAAA!!!! pic.twitter.com/qrdeVYLY50
— Frisky Zucchini (@AllieKins92) February 6, 2016
when Formation drops and i'm barely 1 second into the song pic.twitter.com/CzmeNbeMzv
— baby boy (@platinumpopdiva) February 5, 2016
When I got the news about “Formation”, I dropped everything and spent the rest of the day watching the music video on repeat next to an open tab of my Twitter TL.
That Beyoncé video is so black it can’t be watched, it can only be seent. #Formation
— Mia McKenzie (@miamckenzie) February 6, 2016
THE ANCESTORS ARE SMILING UPON US, AND THEY ARE BATHING IN FOUNTAINS OF WHITE TEARS, AND IT IS WELL WITH MY SOUL. https://t.co/95Enm2XpK1
— Aurielle Marie (@Ellevation_) February 6, 2016
I'm footworking in front of the police the next time I'm an action. #Formation
— Charlene Carruthers (@CharleneCac) February 6, 2016
The Beyoncé/Big Freedia collaboration was too much for me to process alone. It’s not every day that your faves get together to spread the Black and queer gospel, which means that many of us were experiencing more than words could describe.”Screaming” would be an understatement for the affirmation I felt when I saw this:
— Passion Fruit. (@publicfit) February 6, 2016
And during these times of need, we need to check in with each other make sure it’s real.
— Sesali (@BadFatBlackGirl) February 6, 2016
I wish I was in the room whenever it was said:
"Yo, let's just sink an entire police cruiser"
— Carolina Bama (@Awkward_Duck) February 6, 2016
"Sorry, it's just a preference" – Beyonce casting the Formation video
— Phillip Van De Kamp (@MajorPhilebrity) February 6, 2016
HER TEETH ARE WHITER & STRAIGHTER THAN I AM???????? pic.twitter.com/O9dELlqWXG
— briyonce gates (@imbriyonce) February 7, 2016
Then, as if slaying us all wasn’t enough, Beyoncé took to the Super Bowl stage the next day with background dancers dressed as the Black Panthers and sang the Blackest song there ever was on national television.
Beyoncé performed a Pro-Black, BLM, Feminist anthem in front of these racist & misogynist white people. I CANNOT pic.twitter.com/mnbyCKWbt2
— Danny (@dannyyonce) February 8, 2016
— Radical Educator (@bulaong_ramiz) February 8, 2016
— PrestonMitchum (@PrestonMitchum) February 6, 2016
Unfortunately for Red Lobster, after spending 8 hours crafting a much anticipated response to Bey’s shout out, they completely failed. But after getting that Beyoncé endorsement, they’re pretty much invincible. Or at least they are until Valentine’s Day.
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