Beyoncé “Formation” Lyrics & Video Breakdown & Who Is Messy Maya? We Have It Here:


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The In Yo Face, But Subtle References Formation Delivers….

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While most of the lyrics in “Formation” are bold, “cocky-like” statements used to represent Beyonce’s present strength of past insecurities, and repetitious rumors, we can agree that the overall theme, message in text, and in visuals are fitting for todays social issues. Using Messy Mya, a Youtube sensation (tragically gunned down in 2010, R.I.P) who gained popularity from videos posted back in the early 2000s about New Orleans and miscellaneous topics well known for having a boisterous, yet truthful way of spreading the news, added flare and question to Beyonce’s record. It set the tone to start off asking;

[Intro: Messy Mya]
What happened after New Orleans?
Bitch, I’m back by popular demand

Not only is it an awesome ode to Messy Mya, and a very “cool” intro that fans will adore, it raises the question, and causes’ people to ask, and question again; “What Happened After New Orleans?”, which many of us, stopped talking about. The fact that Beyonce, in the video, is sitting on top of a sinking police car representing New Orleans and the terrible Hurricane Katrina effects adds an element of unity, and activism to this video and record.

[Refrain: Beyonce]
Y’all haters corny with that illuminati mess

Beyonce even addressed the devil-worshiping, and illuminati rumors. This is the first time we’ve heard the star mention it. There have been hundreds of videos, articles, and references to Beyonce, Jay Z, Rihanna, and more who are linked to the illuminati. A possible secret society that plans to take over the world with money, and technology, and some even believe them to be devil worshipers who gain success because of Lucifer himself. I think people forget, God delivers blessings, and you can gain success from hard work and praising God, which we’ve seen Beyonce do, numerous times, but in true internet-bullying fashion, I’m sure you reading this thinks, well Lucifer was the prettiest Angel in heaven, and the most deceitful. Believe what you want. God Bless You.

Paparazzi, catch my fly, and my cocky fresh
I’m so reckless when I rock my Givenchy dress (stylin’)
I’m so possessive so I rock his Roc necklaces

My daddy Alabama, Momma Louisiana
You mix that negro with that Creole make a Texas bamma
I like my baby hair, with baby hair and afros
I like my negro nose with Jackson Five nostrils
Earned all this money but they never take the country out me
I got hot sauce in my bag, swag

A subtle mention of her inherited Afrikan Features, proudly, Beyonce boasts about loving who she is and where she’s from. Often in the industry there is pressure to change your nose, your skin tone, your accent, your dialect, and your hair to conform to white european anglo saxon standards. Beyonce makes it clear that she’s not interested, and loves who she is.

[Interlude: Messy Mya + Big Freedia]
Oh yeah baby, oh yeah I, ohhhhh, oh yes I like that
I did not come to play with you hoes
I came to slay, bitch
I like cornbreads and collard greens, bitch
Oh yes, you best to believe it
[Refrain: Beyonce]
Y’all haters corny with that illuminati mess
Paparazzi, catch my fly, and my cocky fresh
I’m so reckless when I rock my Givenchy dress (stylin’)
I’m so possessive so I rock his Roc necklaces
My daddy Alabama, Momma Louisiana
You mix that negro with that Creole make a Texas bamma
I like my baby hair, with baby hair and afros
I like my negro nose with Jackson Five nostrils
Earned all this money but they never take the country out me
I got hot sauce in my bag, swag

[Chorus: Beyonce]
I see it, I want it
I stunt, yeah, little hornet
I dream it, I work hard
I grind ‘til I own it

Another subtle reference which continues to describe what I mentioned in the latter about working hard to gain success, probably referencing, and making a connection with the “illuminati”, who many believe gives success to people, vs them working hard for it.

I twirl all my haters
Albino alligators
El Camino with the ceiling low
Sippin’ Cuervo with no chaser
Sometimes I go off, I go off
I go hard, I go hard
Get what’s mine, take what’s mine
I’m a star, I’m a star
Cause I slay, slay
I slay, hey, I slay, okay
I slay, okay, all day, okay
I slay, okay, I slay okay
We gon’ slay, slay
Gon’ slay, okay
We slay, okay
I slay, okay
I slay, okay
Okay, okay, I slay, okay
Okay, okay, okay, okay
Okay, okay, ladies, now let’s get in formation, cause I slay
Okay ladies, now let’s get in formation, cause I slay
Prove to me you got some coordination
Slay trick, or you get eliminated

[Verse 1: Beyonce]
When he fuck me good I take his ass to Red Lobster, cause I slay
When he fuck me good I take his ass to Red Lobster, cause I slay
If he hit it right, I might take him on a flight on my chopper, cause I slay
Drop him off at the mall, let him buy some J’s, let him shop up, cause I slay
I might get your song played on the radio station, cause I slay
I might get your song played on the radio station, cause I slay
You just might be a black Bill Gates in the making, cause I slay
I might just be a black Bill Gates in the making, cause I slay

[Repeat Chorus]

[Bridge: Beyonce]
Okay ladies, now let’s get in formation, I slay
Okay ladies, now let’s get in formation
You know you that bitch when you cause all this conversation
Always stay gracious, best revenge is your paper

[Outro]
Girl I hear something, thunder
Golly this is that water boy, oh lord


The music video offers many scenes with different meanings and references. Even something as simple as the type of hair Beyonce chose to have could change the way a little Afrikan girl sees herself. Beyonce and her dancers wore Afrikan styled braids, afro’s, buns, and twists. Can you imagine being a little girl, or boy with long hair never having to grow up hating it’s thickness, and kinkiness because they can make a reference to a music video and get inspired to look like themselves?

There’s also the referencing of the Church, fueling, and empowering the people. And of course the huge reference of #BLACKLIVESMATTER using an innocent little boy in a hoodie, dancing, looking as adorable and unthreatening as most kids do, and with the lift of his hands commands the “cops” to do the same, with a quick glimpse of a marked wall that reads “STOP SHOOTING US”. Powerful! Ending the video with the symbolic drowning and empowering words to “always stay gracious, best revenge is your paper”.

Another poignant reference, which you’d miss if you didn’t truly pay attention, is the reference to slavery and oppression. If you take a look at the scenes with Beyonce and several men behind her standing on the porch in their suits, in connection with the scene of Beyonce in a corset holding the sun protecting umbrella, and sitting with the other women fanning themselves you’d understand the past reference.

The corset represents the 1900s. Even though slaves were “free” before the 1900s Afrikans were still made to work for white racist, if you add that with the old porch which seems to be aged, in contrast to Afrikan men standing on the porch looking dapper, subtly shows the rise of the Afrikan race. In a sense, it’s like she’s saying, what once was, is no longer, there’s a power in our present.

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80 thoughts on “Beyoncé “Formation” Lyrics & Video Breakdown & Who Is Messy Maya? We Have It Here:

    • I have to speak on it.
      All these years of “fitting in ” to white america and Hollywood, why embrace your black side why now? If she said nothing and out just music behind her video and let it play I would have understood her message. However, her lyrics spoke about her designer dress, her diamonds, her racial background, her religious non affiliations. This like other things was all about her. The video and the lyrics DO NOT go together. If this was not Beyonnce it would have been slammed in the media. But because of her financial status, and her place in the Hollywood and music community everyone is impressed. Separate the two, and find that the lyrics are not about anything but her. You mentioned that she was featuring the Afrikans heritage within her video. These were of Dutch background which were partially white. I would never say anything to take away from this young ladies beauty. But if you are going to embrace your heritage embrace all of it. If you want to send a message send it well, and send it for us not yourself. Maybe she had no love for herself before this and finding that she is coming into her own emotional security and that is beautiful. But this is not a message for us to embrace. Try again

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      • Wait until most of the black artist follow suit. And get into FORMATION. BEY TAKEN A BATH IN YALL TEARS. SHE’S A MOTHER. NOW AND THE BLACK CHILDREN BEING MURDERED LOOK LIKE HER CHILD AIN’T THIS FORM. BLACK MEDIA YOU NEANDERTHALS JUST CAN’T HELP YOUR SELFS . IF BLACK PEOPL . WANT YOUR OPINIO . WE WILL GIVE IT TO YOU. # its about time

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      • Why not now my sister! Its never to late to give your life to Christ, and its never to late to express yourself! Who said you had to embrace it? You have no clue what abuse stars take on a daily, I can only imagine. God still loves you in spite of your judgemental self! sometime we speak before we know the inside story… If you can watch all this mess on daytime T.V. and go to moves and see all the violence, really! If you dont like her message then you should send your own message on how to help society. If you cant be part of the solution then you are proud of the problem. Learn first why she speaking so strongly before judging. I dont advocate cursing, but I use to be the best until God saved me, what about you!
        Gods child!

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      • How has she not embraced being black?? Some people will spew anything from their mouths. She had a clothing line geared towards black women and our curves, I love Jay-z and this is no diss to him but she married a black man, a relateable black man, one who made a living from the streets publicly and raps about it. In society you can’t be blacer tahn being a rapper, so how is that conforming to HOLLYWOOD and the white peoples vision??? It’s not like she married a silver spoon fed white man. She married a hood black man. Beyonce will continue to make hits whether or not you all agree it’s a hit or not, ( see how much your opinion matters, she makes hits despite what you say) and she will continue to TWIRL ON HER HATAS. everyone wants to bring up God but the things that you all are saying are definitely not Christ LIKE. Some of you all sound demonic, hateful, envious, judgemental… all of the things Christ ask us not to partake in. You all take a fine tooth comb to research someone who you clearly don’t like just to speak negatively about her , wouldn’t you get ore joy focusing on positive things and things in your life that makes you happy?? ONLY GOD CAN JUDGE. #TALENTED #BEAUTIFUL BLACK WOMAN,MOTHER,WIFE,DAUGHTER,SISTER #PROUD

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      • I agree Amari. This is not a message for us. It is a message promoting herself. When I hear people say that she gave us “information”, I keep wondering how. How did she inform us?

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    • She certainly is possessed but by demons. Our Lord Jesus Christ does not lead us to sin to be whores, with vile speech, hand gestures, moving and dressing as whores. If you give yourself to the enemy (Satan), the devil, Lucifer and live to promote his message then he will give you fame and riches until the day he comes for you to pay up with your soul, living in everlasting eternity in the pits of hell.

      ohn 8:44 King James Version (KJV)

      Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

      Matthew 4: 8-11
      (The devil tempts Jesus in the wilderness with riches and power)

      Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.

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      • You cant be quoting bibical scriptures from your heart! You speak with anger not Love. You also have envey in your heart my sister. Gods children grow in grace, when you walk with God he ‘s always still working on you fom the inside out! Her Mom did a super-fantastic job honey and she wears it will. God’s Got It. You just need to be the light. Don’t call her a whore you dont even know her. Whats relly going on with You is ny question! I pray you get the help you need.

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  1. The profanity is unnecessary. For example, “When he f—k me good, I take his a– to Red Lobster…” Is pornographic and therefore unsuitable for the general listening audience, a lot of whom are minors. Beyonce should have chosen other words.

    Other poorly chosen lyrics are: “I like my Negro nose with Jackson Five nostrils…”

    Overall, the song was poorly written. If she were not famous, the song would have never made it on the air.

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    • This song was prefaced with “Explicit” in the intro of the video, and the title says “Dirty” as well to let parents know kids are not suppose to listen. If they do. That’s the parents fault. Not Beyonces. The Negro reference was to fight back against oppression and rumors that she’d gotten her skin lightened and nose fixed to appear white and more “appealing” to the european standards. Have an opinion, but the facts are there. I like the song, and apparently millions more do as well. Im sorry you felt that way.

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      • I miss the old days when groups like Earth Wind and Fire; and singers like George Benson sang empowering, profanity-free songs like “Shining Star” and “The Greatest Love of All”, both respectively. Those songs are still being played by many radio stations. Beyonce’s latest song will have a relatively short life.

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      • I enjoy both Earth wind and fire, and George Benson, I actually know George’s son, but I don’t think everyone in the music business needs to make music like that. I find it interesting when people talk badly about the lyrics to a song that was meant to be what it is. I can see if Beyonce or people like her actually tried to make profanity-free music that promotes positivity and failed due to not-so-good lyrics, but this song, and many like it was meant to bop in the club and to reach people who enjoy trap like music but to get them saying words that can actually make a difference and for that, Beyonce hit it on the nail…Besides…i’m almost sure she didn’t write it by herself. lol

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      • Even with the preface, it should never have been used in the Super Bowl. That is a family event and children are present both in the stadium and in the tv audience. Unacceptable.

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      • The white people who own the super bowl reviewed her performance before hand and thought it was acceptable..I like how Beyonce is being blamed for something that white people said she could do….smh

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      • You said how it’s a powerful message to young girls, taking pride in their hair, etc… But then say it’s not for children because it’s explicit? A for lines may be empowering, but then it’s “he f$&- me good,” and materialistic rewards, and she’s “that bi-&)”
        A mixed message is a wrong message. Out daughters shouldn’t aspire to be “that bit&$”

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      • This is the dirty version….As stated in the songs video and title on Youtube once a clean one comes out my point will be valid and again its the parents job. And when I say young I meant high school to college young not elementary school kids.

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      • Thats so true. I guess it ok for our kids to watch guys kissing on prime time T.V. Gay in the white house on T.V. ect. Get the picture… and you do nothing. I might not like everything she said, but I truly think she has proven to be a better woman than most of these women-wrappers on videos and no one says nothing. Ladies check your heart to find whats really in it. You may find you wish yoiu were her! Just saying.. I’m proud to call her a sister whos name is not known for sleeping her way to the top. If God can forgive all the mess that comes from our heart out of our mouth and still love you, do you think for a second Jesus dosent Love her to.. Don’t hate Celebrate.
        Evangelist Shirley

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    • I fully agree…its filled with her ignorance.
      What does albino alligator stand for…I k ow some that could easily bite her big head off…slay her..lol

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    • Nothing about it is neither uplifting, artful or ground breaking. Like an earlier commenter said, if someone else had done this song, it would not have been given this much attention. But because it’s Beyoncé, it’s accepted. That just speaks volumes of the intelligence of these fans of hers and the overall hypocrisy. She’s the only one who could get away with this. Who is she really? The devil’s daughter. Because the Devil is the one running this world believe it or not.

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  2. Words that can make a difference… are we serious? Did anyone else listen to and read the lyrics? The images are AMAZING! However, this doesn’t mean it’s the new Black National Anthem nor does it mean that it’s calling people to action. I don’t equate Beyonce’s music to any type of movement. Some of the visuals call your attention to societal issues, trending topics, etc., but we shouldn’t be so quick to place it in a category of Black History, Civil Rights, Human & Social Rights movements. It’s about a message, and if this many people, EDUCATED people at that, feel like the lyrics to this new song are uplifting the current movement and empowering our youth, then we are truly at the end of the road. Celebrating a culture; one thing. Empowering a movement that brings about change is another.

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    • Nice opinion, facts? I’ve yet to read them from you. Also I never said “Black National Anthem nor does it mean that it’s calling people to action.” So your frustrations I’m confused about. I do feel like explained in another comment that to reach people and make them feel proud about themselves, how they look, and who they are, this song does that, and it brings up social issues in a way that can be played in a club sung nationally and have certain words and phrases repeated and living with people that otherwise wouldn’t. I think that’s dope. And I’m super educated, with a BA, and just because your OPINION is different than someone else’s doesn’t mean your education is greater, or better, it just means your opinion is different. Respect.

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      • I seriously cannot see how people become so stupid enough to see that this was obviously made by the KKK!!!!!!

        -Most people who decide to comment on this thread smh

        Everyone needs something to argue about and blabber about “Oh how the old times were great” and etc. I myself enjoy this song and you guys are not forced to listen to it. So the next time you “EDUCATED” people come on this site to badmouth a powerful and talented woman, don’t make it seem as if you had no choice to watch/respond to the video.

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    • Absolutely. Dressing up like panthers, images of police with their hands in surrender, graffiti on the wall stating “stop shooting us” are all simply images. But the message in this song is about as hollow as Beyoncé’s brain. Like seriously! Anyone who is an independent, educated thinker knows all of this is simply a smoke screen, hence she gets all the blind followers and gets rich off them.

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  3. Yes, I understand it was some sort of response to her critics. However, the lyrics are terrible. And anyone saying that this is a new black anthem song has just greatly disrespected the ENTIRE black race. You don’t see any other race waving the flag of an explicit song and shouting that it’s their anthem. It truly seems many people have bumped their heads to idolize Beyonce as if she’s a goddess. She craps just like everyone else, gets cheated on like some of us, and is a puppet like most of Hollywood. I’m not a fan of hers, BUT I respect the fact that she has used her talent to build some sort of empire. But do I admire, wait around, or feel inspired by what she does…..not at all. A part of me actually feels sorry for her because something behind her eyes seem empty. She doesn’t seem genuinely happy anymore….. but yet she has every material thing she wants. And surface-wise, if she really wanted to throw up the banner of being “black and proud” during her Super Bowl performance, she could have worn a blonde afro wig at least. But I understand that she had to go through the rest of her day. I wouldn’t want to change my lace wig either… lol! Nevertheless, think about the statement she would have made if she had a blonde afro? Even one similar to her daughter’s hair. She has a team of people who could have made her up fiercely for all the Super Bowl parties. And then that could take her marketing this song to another level. I’m just saying……

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    • I completely understand your frustrations and even though I’m not a stan I do enjoy some of her works, and this was one of them for the various reasons I pointed out in the article. Also, just to make a point lol, Beyonce wore a Blonde afro a number of times before she was a super mega star, but I do understand your ideas and thoughts. Some people are going over board. I’m just not one of them. I stan for God …(Janet and Michael LOL) But welcome to TheBLACKMedia.org!

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  4. Your article is very informative but would really love to hear Beyoncé explain the lyrics, maybe she could clear things up a bit. I am all for free speech….within reason. I’m pretty sure she knew this song/video was going to stir things up. I think I understand the message of the song and whether Beyoncé planned it or not, I could see where it could be some sort of anthem. She has power due to her success, with that power comes great responsibility ( yes, I just yanked a quote from the Spider-Man movie, lol). In my opinion, there is a more positive way to get a message across……no need to say “f— me” so many times and how about non thug lyrics. Why not sing like she talks, a smart educated woman? Just my opinion. Thank you

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    • Thanks so much for your opinion and welcome to TheBLACKMedia.org I agree with your thoughts. I did see Beyonce saying something about she wanted people to feel proud. As far as Beyonce being the beacon for positive change and lyrical awareness, She’s never been that. I ask, Why is it that everyone is looking for Beyonce to be that? Some music can be just what it is. Not all artist have to make music that’s socially conscience. Ya know?

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  5. “Beyonce boasts about loving who she is and where she’s from. Often in the industry there is pressure to change your nose, you skin tone….” Google Beyonce nose job and skin bleaching (https://www.pinterest.com/pin/343540277803704413/)…..just saying….very hypocrytical….screams let’s be edgy becuase it makes mo money. If the facts don’t support this statement, do not read further.

    She’s starting to come off desperate…..do you really have to sing about taking a guy to red lobster for being a good f..k and this is the means to gain respect for black people……if anything, this is a disservice to the respectable black community. MLK gave his life so people could sing these lyrics at a super bowl game?…..really…..he must be rolling in his grave. And the real tragedy is how many people will try to excuse this behaviour. Call this the “dumming” down of America.

    She has/had so much potential for positive change and this is akin to the black version of white trailer park trash…….

    Lastly, mute the music and watch her superbowl dance moves – first year dance class steps, albeit without whipping the main hair which is an illusion of something bigger going on….seriously, mute the music and rewatch and tell me I’m lying…no seriously.

    Go back to your yacht Beyonce and contrive more brilliant lyrics that move people to Red Lobster for ….you know……… Great use of celebrity.!! Can’t believe I gave this as much time as I did.

    I suppose mission accomplished Beyonce….. 😉

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    • Until I read your comment, I didn’t understand the F**k me and Red Lobster lyrics. Then I wondered is it really about good sex and its rewards or is it, in my view, about getting f**ked over, as in being stepped on, and continuing to be plugged in to the consumerist matrix that is Amerika, then and now. Perhaps too much of a stretch but nonetheless truth.

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    • somebody salty they have no yacht to go to. Everyone is entitled to their opinion but why waste so much time on negative energy you could have been doing something positive verses googling beyonce bleaching her skin etc etc. Boy I tell you my people my people. It’s so sad that most hate and negativity comes from black or we express it the most verses being positive and uplifting sad sad sad

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      • And you could’ve been doing something more positive than responding to what you consider negative comments about your queen. btw, I’m sitting at my desk on break, so I had a couple of minutes to type this comment.

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  6. Great Article. I have a few questions though. 1.) What would you think of a website thewhitemedia.com? 2.)Beyonce and her husband obviously hate Law Enforcement, but they needed a police escort to the Super Bowll?Hypocrisy? 3.) Do you feel she is a good role model for our black youth, spewing hate? Why add to the Fire. 4.) I heard our Classy First Lady laid a track on some album? got us lookn like some Clowns. Thoughts and opinions are welcome

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    • Thanks. TheBLACKMedia.org exist because white owned media outlets…thewhitemedia.com aka FOX News often show people of colour in a very disgusting light and many other white owned media outlets do as well, I exist to help show positive images of people of colour and to show our influence on the world. Beyonce and her Husband does not hate law enforcement I dont know where you got that from. Beyonce is a good role model, but just because she’s a celebrity it doesn’t mean she’s suppose to be a role model for youth, thats a misperception. White rock stars who curse on stage, have sex, talk about orgies, do drugs and promote violence are they role models? Nope. And they dont say they are either…I just dont understand why people dont see this.

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      • Agree that many rock stars, that exhibit the behaviour you identified, are in fact not role models. However, I do not remember any rock acts dropping the f bomb at a Superbowl performance.

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      • I actually have a couple of questions too: Do you think Fox News is making black people look bad when they report on the happenings of black-on-black crime? Or is it black people committing these crimes that are making themselves look bad? Because if blacks stop all these crimes against each other, Fox News just might go out of business.

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      • There is no such thing as black on black crime. When a white man kills another white man do they MARKET it as white on white crime? No…reasons being, FOX and corporations use black on black crime as a way to market to whites and blacks that black people are savages when we aren’t crime happens NOT because of the colour of someone’s skin but because of the persons inability to be a decent human being. FOX has an agenda we tune in we get sucked into it

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  8. I’m still not sure how to react to Beyoncé’s song, but I don’t really think anyone can deny that she is a true performer and has stage presence. As far as the lyrics themselves I’m not sure why people are shocked at her views as an artist. After all, this is the same woman who has double dates with Kanye West—a self-proclaimed Black activist. I do have to say though that I’m not sure why she allegedly chose the Black Panthers for her aesthetic during the show. As one of the more notorious and militant groups during the Civil Rights Movement I can understand why some older generations have reservations or concerns about the message being sent. Now, there is absolutely nothing wrong with having an opinion and voicing it, however, it becomes dangerous when ignorant people take your words as gospel. Beyoncé can’t control ignorant racists, whether they be Black or White…because let’s face it, racism exists on both sides of color in our country. My fear is that the song will not help to end racial bias or tensions, but is rather perpetuating it. It has the potential of creating an “us vs. them” mentality, unfortunately I have already seen this in several reviews and articles of her performance and the song itself. Articles that tell white audiences to “shut up” and “stop talking about Beyoncé” are hardly fair or appropriate. It is natural for every day, non-racist, White or Black people to feel a bit defensive when faced with this issue. It is messy, complicated, uncomfortable. This does not excuse the ignorant and malevolent comments of others , however, I myself sometimes feel that I have something to “prove” when it comes to racism in America being a middle class white woman. Overall, I have always been a fan of Beyoncé. I support her right to artistry, but I would caution Americans of all colors to not allow the song or images to cloud their judgment or harbor ill will toward others based on their color alone.

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    • Having double date with Kanye West and Kim Kardashian prevents you from being a black activist? You sound like a closed world activist and a racist.

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  9. Some many comments regarding this song. Why is it wrong for her to reference things that black people do? With the movement of “Black Lives Matter” it has scared some known people when black people band together. We don’t have the Martin Luther Kings of today. Separation and never equal is how they want to keep us and the white wash seems to be working. Just about everyone in this country are doing things that are considered “black” but why would some black people want to ignore their own blackness? Writer thank you for breaking down the meaning of this song. We have allowed Janet Jackson’s performance for the Super Bowl to be washed away but she wasn’t the blame for flashing a nipple. You see JJ wasn’t in any of the highlights of past performers. Don’t set this up for Beyonce too.

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    • Believe it or not, black people are sharply divided on this song/lyrics/video. While her die hard fans (those who hang on to her every word) love it and believe this is some ground breaking message (when it is NOT). You have the more independent thinkers, the more educated and critical thinking blacks who may have simply experienced real life who don’t see how she is promoting unity amongst black people.

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  10. I think she should have used her popularity and her position on the halftime show more productively. In my eyes everyone black, white ,Asian, cops, postal workers, everyones lives matter. It takes everyone to work together to protect each other. This is a message our country men, women and children should here. Not that one race is better or worse than the other. There is good and bad in all races and people, to say its not is to be racist to that particular group. I hate the fact our grandbabies have to grow up in a country where violence is a household problem. I’ll pray for all our children.

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  11. Ugh, some of these comments. “Beyonce hates law enforcement”…Um…where’d you get that? Cause she thinks children shouldnt be gunned down? wha? “The lyrics are self centered” Humility is all well and good, but she is a woman of strength, means, and power who clawed her way to the top and carved a kingdom for her family like a lioness. Haters have a seat. And the whole lie of the Superbowl being a family event, please; Men physically subduing one another, studded with indecent commercials and cheerleaders required to wear little bits of nothing, surrounded by issues of domestic violence and substance abuse. Bye. Children watching that performance didnt understand a lick of the social commentary around the costumes. They saw Bey be fabulous.

    You dont like cussin? That’s the only criticism I’ve seen with a leg to stand on. That’s a personal choice and I can’t find fault with that.

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    • Wrong. All lives DO NOT MATTER. If all lives mattered, black people in massive numbers would not be shot in the back by overzealous power hungry white cops, and/or imprisoned in record numbers for far less than the white collar crimes that wealthy white men (and women) do daily without consequence. ALL LIVES DO NOT MATTER because black lives don’t matter. When Black Lives Matter, then all lives will matter….but until you get over your white selves and acknowledge the white privilege in this Country, BLACK LIVES will never matter. From an educated white girl, fed up with ignorant white cliches that try to keep inequality under the radar while simultaneously dismissing the horrific events that continue to make a mockery of equality in this Country.

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      • @renaedarlene

        Bless your heart! I’m sorry you have so much hate. But as along as you feel this way you’re part of this country problem.

        ALL LIFE MATTER!!!!

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      • All lives SHOULD matter. As a white person who has been persecuted by other white people, including cops, for being or looking different, my life doesn’t seem to matter to these racists, either. Racists of all races hate non-racists of their own race just as much & sometimes more than the races they look down on. But racism is only one aspect of a much bigger picture. We are all individuals, & race is just one very superficial aspect of who a person is; there are many, many other traits for which you may be discriminated against. We are largely a nation of bullies bc we’ve been conditioned to be cool instead of caring. Until all Americans of all races learn to be loving & compassionate toward all other human beings, we will continue to fall for the divide & conquer tactics of those who mean to rule us ALL, without regard to race, religion, gender or ethnicity. That is the biggest irony of all to me- that the only true equality is in the eyes of elitists who deem all of our lives to be equally worthless. Until racist white people wake up & realize that “the man” doesn’t care about them either, & until racist black people wake up & realize that not all whites are “the man” (& that “the man” isn’t always white), we will never see that we need to be working together to fight the common enemy, for whom racism is just one more tool for the subjugation of us all.

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  12. This world has be formatted into thinking no one is beautiful but what the media say is ok. its nice to have songs that are encouraging to be proud of who you are or where you came from. I don’t see anyone pointing out Meagan Trainor for all about the bass because it could offend girl who are naturally skinny.. where was the media and groups on that??

    If people are worried about her lyrics have they not listened to other Beyonce songs?? this isnt her only explicit song.

    and about this whole black life matter.. everyone life matter! the more people keep feeding into race being an issue the more it will seem like an issue. Put yourself into a cops situation… you see anyone and you hear they could be armed because someone thinks they are youre walking into a blind situation off of he said she said.. now you are face to face with this person what would you do??? Me personally I would shoot..

    http://www.khou.com/story/news/local/2015/02/04/quanell-x-trains-with-the-missouri-city-police-department/22901953/

    The video attached is a something everyone should see and if you don’t know who Quanell X is google him and educate yourself on what he has done for Houston. And now how he support more than just black life.. A white cop got gunned down by a black male and he raised a fund raiser for the cops family.. Someone who once was for Black life matter. Now supports Everyone life matter as it should be.

    As you know for most celebrity they will always prompt what is popular at the time. Beyonce support black life matter group that’s because its the “in” thing to do at the moment. are everyone is feeding out of the palm of her hands. Making race a issue is only going to divide this country more.We should all be coming together and be a great country as we once were. and support everyone!

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    • Thank you to the HIGH HEAVENS UP ABOVE you are not a police officer, you being one would just add on to the police who take so many lives unjustly. I wonder if you’d be so understanding if they reacted in this manner to a loved one of yours?? I can answer that NO, and you may deny it but I’m sure you would not be so understanding if it were someone such as your spouse, mother, father child or sibling. Correct EVERYONE’S LIFE MATTER. I dnt wanna go back into history but why is anyone wrong for pointing out what is going on and care about the individuals who are gunned down and have been for so long EVERYDAY? I can see if this was something that is not going on but something that we are rehashing and digging up from 200 years ago. It is so painful for this too still be going on. The “In thing to do” is to speak up on what is going on in this world. You can say race has nothing to do with theses senseless murders on black men and women lives if you’d like. Race would notbe a factor in a perfect world Of course she cares about what is going on in communities where the people who are gunned down everyday are black as she is to insinuate that she really does not care about lives or black people’s lives is crazy.

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  13. Bey is an entertainer, and she very good at it too. All entertainers perform about what they feel, believe, eat, want, their view, or opnions. Heck! Katy Perry kissed a girl and liked it. If Beyonce feel she should state BLACKLIVESMATTER, then she can. It is a bit of an epidemic. That does not mean she feels nothing else matters. Dang people, you can’t put every epidemic in one song. As far as racism, division, and power, people better check one person gunning to run this country. His message is clear that only #RICHLIVESMATTER. Then a lot of you will be right on skid row. Let an entertainer speak through creativity and dreams and beliefs. Whether its what you like or not. Picasso painted many things no one liked, that did not make him a bad artist or role model. It’s called expression. As far as Bey being a role model, monitor what you or your children chooses to follow. How about being your own person, that may get you somewhere, it sure has gotten Beyonce somewhere.

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  14. Seems like you are trying really hard to make this about black lives matter and empowerment to blacks. If I listen this on the radio where I won’t see the video I am suppose to feel proud that is my black anthem. Manipulation at its best. We all see the majority black women embracing their natural hair and features that is actually the trend so she is just playing on those trends to make sure her song is a hit as it would be relatable to people. Something that stirs people emotionally would have been more inspiring except I hear of her bragging about how successful she is this is not about unity and love an making a difference it is all about glamor and staying current. I think this is a fail amazing what we accept and quick we settle.

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  15. This is her version of Trap Music ” Trap House” is a drug house and trap music is for the trap and ghetto people from the streets so she is an artist expressing herself on a street level.

    You mix that negro with that Creole make a Texas bamma (she lets everyone know her father is black and her mother is creole her mother tina is my keen folks from deRouen and Broussard side) Beyonce is African American but you can she her Creole mixture her skin, her noise, her shape.
    I like my baby hair, with baby hair and afros ( she telling the world to stop worrying about her child and her African Hair “afro”)
    I like my negro nose with Jackson Five nostrils (she loves her husband negro noise)

    All in all she is letting the world know that black is beautiful and to embrace it and she is proud of her Creole heritage.

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  16. Gotta Stop Making Stuff all about Race! Just creates more divide. It seems worse in today’s world than in my past 45 years of life. All people need to own up, take personal responsibility, stop blaming. There are problems in all communities and cultures. If someone works hard and is financially successful, that is not a crime. Even if they didn’t work hard, and just got kinda lucky, that is not a crime. We need to stop thinking of successful or financially well-off people as the enemy. Follow their example, IF you seek or covet their success. If you don’t care if others have more than you, then just choose to be happy and grateful for your life. There are successful people and unsuccessful people from ALL races. Humans, please look to yourself first for peace and for change to happen. Best wishes and blessings to all.

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