I loved the song and video the first time I saw it, and replayed it a number of times on my ten block walk last night. I've already dubbed Beyonce's Formation the #BlackGirlMagic anthem of 2016. Here's seven reason why it's powerful and beautiful.
"I got hot sauce in my bag swag."
Beyonce coined herself a "Texas Bama" who is proud of her roots and her ancestry. She is nobody but herself, take it or leave it. Black, Southern, Woman and proud.
"I like my baby hair with baby hair and afro."
Here Beyonce takes a direct hit at the critics who are obsessed with how they think Beyonce should style Blu Ivy's hair. Beyonce set the record straight that Blu Ivy's God-given hair is already beautiful and that she loves her daughter's afro. I am here for little black girls and black women rocking their fros and loving it. The dancers in the video also pay homage to the beauty of natural hair.
"I dream it, I work hard, I grind 'til I own it"
Beyonce reminds us that while it's o.k. to dream, it's just as important to work to attain those dreams. If you want to be more than a dreamer, put your dreams in action.
"I Slay, we slay"
This is a confident affirmation of self-love and self-worth. I strongly believe that we are all created with immeasurable worth and we must affirm our value and worth. This is key for black women who often face frequent attacks on their value and worth. It's also great when we can affirm each other.
"I just might be a black Bill Gates in the making."
The dream belongs to you too, it belongs to us.
"You know you that B when you cause all this conversation."
In other words, do not get distracted by negativity. Focus on the positive, stay true to yourself and follow your dreams.
"Always stay gracious best revenge is your paper"
The next time you're tempted to exchange words with your critics, pause and remember to follow your grandma's advice and kill them with kindness. Yes, it's true, the best revenge is your success.