Beyoncé’s Hot Sauce

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Well, we could have thought Formation‘s release was just a smart marketing move before Super Bowl, and we would have been far away from the truth.

Beyoncé is back, and it’s a new Beyoncé, empowered and more political! Formation‘s lyrics and video, and her tribute-performance to Black Panthers at Super Bowl 50 halftime were clearly a political statement!


With Formation, Beyoncé is writing a new page of her musical story. By standing on the top of a NOPD’s car among the ruins of Hurricane Katrina, at the beginning of the video she clearly joins the national race relations and police brutality debate in the US. As you can read at the end of the video “Stop shooting us“. The message is clear!!


Formation is an ode to Black History in the South. The roots of Louisiana culture are at the center of the song and video. From the post-abolition era to present day, Beyoncé catalogs the evolution of the city’s vibrant style and its tumultuous history all at once. 

Beyoncé also pays homage to her blackness and her Creole roots in a spectacular visual feast:
“My daddy Alabama, Momma Louisiana
You mix that negro with that Creole make a Texas bamma
I like my baby hair, with baby hair and afros
I like my negro nose with Jackson Five nostrils
Earned all this money but they never take the country out me
I got a hot sauce in my bag, swag”

Yes you heard it!

Formation is also an ode to women and youth. Powerful women’s squads are all over the video. “Ladies let’s get in formation”! did you get the message? Blue-Ivy, Beyoncé’s daughter, also appears with her ‘fro! As for saying feminism starts at early age.

You also can notice the little boy dancing in front of the police troops. You’ll immediately have in mind Trayvon Martin’s horrible story.

Formation is a statement in many ways. it is also a fashion-beauty-forward statement. Be patient we’ll talk about this particular point in another story!

Pictures: courtesy of Tidal and YouTube

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Feb. 8, 2016

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