By ourselves, we disenfranchised Haitians took down the fake elections and U.S. puppet president, Michel Martelly. He left on Superbowl 50, February 7th - the day Beyonce set off a politically charged Formation, unapologetically Black.
America's most powerful artist dressed her dancers in Afros and Black Panther leather outfits and got in (Malcom) X formation, Black fists raised up. She straight-up channeled Ezili Danto - "Petwo womb blood in trouble waters"- with centuries of warrior-mother battles behind her. Banm sèt kout kouto - bring it! she said. She twirls off all haters. Used her huge megaphone to ask, what happened to Black people after Katrina in New Orleans? Bluntly challenging her audience to rise to the occasion, uncaring if they don't get it. She broke the internet, they say.
She loves - publicly - a Black man with Jackson Five nostrils. Her babygirl's nappy hair.
She's James Brown Black and proud. Marvin Gay with more going on. Nina Simone mired in Goddam Mississippi apartheid, feeling good!
The Popstar was still the Popstar though. Still will
make you cringe with the Bill Gates idol thing. She probably doesn't
know the pharmaceutical, missionary guinea-pig eugenicist thing he does
abroad with the Clinton ilks. The parts elevating conspicuous
consumption, Givenchy lace materialism and money as the epitome of
success, does make you shudder. It is what it is. Enter if and where you
The point is, on leap year February 7, 2016, Beyonce was also brilliantly and loudly Black. Told us "we gon' slay, okay." Empowered. Our warrior goddess danced in her head, moved through her images, body, performance - sexually, spiritually, blunt, glaringly Black, proud, woman powerful.
50 years later, on the anniversary of the formation of the Black Panthers, what we're going to do?
Slay, says Queen Bey.
Haiti, as usual was ahead of the game.
There's an image of Beyonce in New Orleans on top of a cop car in the
flood waters. Her body sinks the car. We push against injustice this
tells us, even if we must do it with our very bodies, drowning. Sacrificed.