I'll brace for all the hate but I am so disappointed right now. If you haven’t heard, Beyonce has released a new song/video called ‘Formation’. In it, she demonstrates all the things that she and society have decided are ‘unapologetically black’. Well forgive me for living but let me be the first to disagree!
As a black woman, I take GREAT pride knowing that we are the descendants of kings, queens, engineers, philosophers, and the creative masters of societies. THAT is what I call ‘unapologetically black’. Apparently I'm out of tune with society because according to this morning’s Huffington Post:
Beyoncé is back, she's "got hot sauce in her bag" and she's as unapologetically black as ever.
Seriously? And please, spare me all the 'when you have money like Beyonce' rebuttals! I do not ascribe to the ideology that money justifies everything. If you do, I truly feel sorry for you because you’re chasing a goal that has no end.
Money is temporal! Houses are temporal! Cars are temporal! Clothing is temporal!
Your soul, your legacy, the intangible imprint you leave on society is not!
If you define success in terms of dollars and cents; you will forever be poor and you will always find yourself worshiping at the altar of whatever person, thing, or philosophy that ‘the powers that be’ have decided to push onto society. That’s a sad existence.
There used to be a time when songs were poetry set to music. Need an example?
Check out ‘Just My Imagination’ by The Temptations.
Nowadays you needn’t bother changing the channel because they all sing about the same thing; how much money they have; the cars they drive; the designers they wear, the sex they have, etc.
Trust me, nobody is going to remember any of that crap over the course of time. Don’t believe me? Let’s play a little trivia.
• Who designed Cleopatra's dress for her marriage to Mark Antony?
• Who was the interior decorator for the fabulous destination where she seduced Julius Cesar?
• Who was Jezebel's stylist?
Get my point? Despite what ‘society’ would have you believe, time WILL NOT remember any of this. Given that, why are we so possessed with chasing it? Could it be that certain powers recognize that by keeping you busy chasing the impossible, you’ll never attain the possible?
Stop falling for the foolishness folks! I’m a Christian and I believe in Jesus but whether you’re a Christian, a Muslim, a Jew, a Buddhist, a Hindi, or even an atheist simple observation shows us that that heaven and earth pass away (Matthew 24:35). The earth will reclaim each and every thing you see around you. The only thing that stands the test of time is love, integrity, compassion, community, and service for one another. But time is short and it is fleeing. Just as sure as we live, we will die and no man knoweth the day or hour (Matthew 24:36).
If you want to dance to Beyonce, fine. But be wary! Are you dancing or are you praising? The Bible makes clear that thou shalt not make false idols (10 Commandments). The woman calls herself Queen Bey and tells her legions of followers to 'Bow down bitches!'.
You may think it's innocent joking. I DO NOT!
As I’ve said, I’m already bracing for the hatred but as a Remnant believer (look it up!), I believe it is our Christian duty to maintain the integrity of God's word. It is our duty to reach those who are lost in the world and teach them that there is better. It is our duty to stand up and to open the eyes of those being led astray.
It is our Christian duty to love one another so much that we’ll intercede on each other’s behalf. And while some may believe that a new pop video is immaterial, my people perish for lack of knowledge Hosea 4:6. My greatest fear is that another’s soul would perish because I said or did nothing.
She can call us haters, fear-mongers, conspiracy theorists, whatever but at the end of the day, Beyonce is a text book demonstration of what happens when you follow the world versus the word. Beware making false idols my friends. Beware those who have a love of money. Versus a day late, dollar short video by a married mother writhing around sexually in a revealing leotard, Beyonce could have shown herself unapologetically black by doing the REAL work of #Blacklivesmatter activism. Further, she could have shown the world the true essence of black womanhood through demonstration as a 'Virtuous Woman'. See Proverbs 31: 10-31
So call me a hater but NO! I'm going to need Beyonce to 'Upgrade' her perceptions of blackness!
This video is not unapologetically black. It’s unapologetically ignorant. It’s unapologetically pathetic. It unapologetically perpetuates the exact stereotypes it asserts to be against. And I’m completely unapologetic for sharing exactly how I feel about it!
May God bless and keep you my friends!