I dream it, I work hard, I grind ’til I own it – Beyoncé, Formation
Beyoncé just Beyoncé’d us… yes, in true Queen B fashion she dropped a surprise new song and video today. Check it out below if you haven’t watched it yet.
Ok, now that you have the frame of reference, let’s get to it.
SN: There are already tons of think pieces being shared all over the internet so if you haven’t seen one yet, you will soon. Read them. They’re interesting. And you will consider it time well spent.
Back to the post…
While there’s so much to unpack in this one song – and the accompanying visuals – for this post, I’m going to focus on that which is relevant to my audience of busy moms.
Here are 3 reasons I’m so here for Beyoncé’s Formation:
(and why you should be too!)
1. “I like my baby hair, with baby hair and afros.”
For anyone who’s ever struggled with the fro, THIS is for you – including my beautiful daughter Madison who’s hair is as dry, kinky, and coily as it comes. I keep telling her that her black is beautiful and there’s absolutely NOTHING wrong with rocking her fro. Maybe now that Beyoncé has signed it into law, she’ll actually believe me.
Above that, it’s all about confidence… did you see the look on Blue Ivy’s face? There’s no telling her that she is not all of that and a bag. Love. It.
2. “I like my negro nose with Jackson 5 nostrils.”
Be PROUD of your features. Especially the ones that others try to put down or mock and call names. This is everything.
One of the biggest struggles we have as a people is self-love and acceptance. And not that on the surface “I love myself” while secretly hating our bodies and doing ourselves harm. I’m talking about that fierce MY BLACK IS BEAUTIFUL love for self. Big nose and all.
3. “Earned all this money but they never take the country out me… I got hot sauce in my bag, swag.”
Be true to yourself. Money doesn’t change who you are, at least it shouldn’t. It may change where you live, how you dress, who you hang around… but YOU should still be YOU. No matter what.
This also relates to being confident, secure, and loving yourself. Because when you do, there isn’t anything else you can be but you. Trying to be something you’re not – ewwww. Just can’t see it happening. Being your true self in all situations is all you should know how to do.
Bonus: “O.K. ladies, now let’s get in formation, I slay.”
Encouragement for all of us women out there to do our thangs and SLAY. Get in formation. Play to win. Go big. Work hard. Show the world what you’re made of. Stop hiding. Be a black Bill Gates in the making. Don’t get eliminated.
All I can say is, YASS!
I’m a strong believer in being a confident mom, so you can raise confident kids. They won’t learn what you don’t show them by modeling it in your own behavior.
It’s wonderful that we have so many role models and great examples for our daughters to see what it means to own who they are and rock the world… and if you’re not quite there yet I hope you’ll consider getting into formation.
Because when you don’t slay, the world suffers. Each of us has something special to offer and it’s your obligation to dream beyond your wildest dreams, and pursue your desires.
Confession: I haven’t shown the entire video to my tween daughter yet. I’m just not ready for her to look at Red Lobster in a new light. Especially since we’ll be celebrating her 13th birthday there this weekend. *awkward*
BUT I will be discussing the various aspects and messages of the video and showing her some clips just to reinforce the fact that she should be confident, love her features, always stay true to who she is, and get in formation.
I want to hear from you!
What do you think about the messages in Beyoncé’s new Formation song & video? Please let me know your thoughts in the comments section below.