Beyonce Opens Up About ‘Formation’

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World stop…carry on! I’m a longtime, five star member of the Beyhive and even I was a bit shocked when Beyonce dropped her “Formation” music video. I was simultaneously excited, in awe and proud! It was surprising that an artist of her caliber would take a stance on issues that affected the Black community. Many artist, celebs and actors would rather play it safe and not ruffle feathers or checks, so they remain silent on anything remotely political. Have you ever seen Michael Jordan take a stance on issues outside of sports? Nope! And you won’t.

In my opinion, Bey’s unapologetically “I’m black and proud of it” video, took this shinning star to an untouchable stratosphere where only iconic entertainers such as Michael Jackson, Lena Horne and Harry Belafonte reside. Yes it was “just” a music video and the lyrics didn’t totally relate to the imagery but the fact is that she “caused all this conversation.” And conversation triggers action.

Recently Queen Bey sat day with Elle magazine  to discuss her new activewear line Ivy Park, motherhood and her Formation music video. Here are a few excerpts from the interview where she talks feminism and “Formation”:

You’ve talked in the past about the pressure of perfectionism.

It’s really about changing the conversation. It’s not about perfection. It’s about purpose. We have to care about our bodies and what we put in them. Women have to take the time to focus on our mental health—take time for self, for the spiritual, without feeling guilty or selfish. The world will see you the way you see you, and treat you the way you treat yourself.

How do you feel about the role of business-woman, running your own company?

It’s exciting, but having the power to make every final decision and being accountable for them is definitely a burden and a blessing. To me, power is making things happen without asking for permission. It’s affecting the way people perceive themselves and the world around them. It’s making people stand up with pride.

gallery-1459546133-beyonce-elle-1What do you feel people don’t understand about who you really are, and in particular about the message you’ve put forward with “Formation”?

I mean, I’m an artist and I think the most powerful art is usually misunderstood. But anyone who perceives my message as anti-police is completely mistaken. I have so much admiration and respect for officers and the families of officers who sacrifice themselves to keep us safe. But let’s be clear: I am against police brutality and injustice. Those are two separate things. If celebrating my roots and culture during Black History Month made anyone uncomfortable, those feelings were there long before a video and long before me. I’m proud of what we created and I’m proud to be a part of a conversation that is pushing things forward in a positive way.

What do you want to accomplish with the next phase of your career?

I hope I can create art that helps people heal. Art that makes people feel proud of their struggle. Everyone experiences pain, but sometimes you need to be uncomfortable to transform. Pain is not pretty, but I wasn’t able to hold my daughter in my arms until I experienced the pain of childbirth!


What do you have to say to those who feel you can’t be a feminist and also embrace your femininity?

We all know that’s not true. Choosing to be a feminist has nothing to do with your femininity—or, for that matter, your masculinity. We’re not all just one thing. Everyone who believes in equal rights for men and women doesn’t speak the same, or dress the same, or think the same. If a man can do it, a woman should be able to. It’s that simple. If your son can do it, your daughter should be able to. Some of the things that we teach our daughters—allowing them to express their emotions, their pain and vulnerability—we need to allow and support our men and boys to do as well.

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