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Beyonce’s Formation Left Me Offended. Negro, Really?

Once you hear or read the words to the song though how can you sing this song? How can you say this song has anything to do with social justice, black people, equality? This song is offensive…

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  • Ches Copperpot

    Can’t agree with you more. The sad thing, to me, is she gets a lot of credit for representing social injustice and being a voice for the less fortunate. Yet when you look at her content and what she does with her money and time, she seems to be more concerned with using those themes as marketing ploys in order to further her own career. There’s nothing in her music that uplifts or encourages youth or the downtrodden to seek a better life for themselves. To the contrary, she’s almost encouraging the same type of mentality and behavior that is the social downfall of many people struggling in poverty. It’s confusing to me to see her get a pass, when she’s clearly writing songs to the lowest common denominator. I can only imagine she decided to throw out the lyrics encouraging kids to pick up smoking and suggesting you should drop out of high school to really be from the south. Ignorance, a life without morality, looking how you can get yours at every opportunity regardless of how it effect those around you is not the kind of vision that Dr. Martin Luther King set forth. The fact that she would cloak her music video as somehow being for social injustice during Black History Month, tells me there’s still a long way to go even in the hearts of the elite who take up the a cause while filling their bank account.

    • Melony Hill

      Thank you very much for taking the time to read and comment. I can’t believe people are praising this

      • Amy Wesley (amyzing_amy)

        Surely you can not have such a strong alleged standpoint on Beyonce’ or the lyrics to this song and you are in the adult film industry. Girl bye!… You must just be fishing for clicks on this tired article.

    • You can’t be black saying this. Her activism is just that HERS.

      • Amy Wesley (amyzing_amy)

        Girl, she’s just fishing for clicks on this article. This is irresponsible journalism and I told her so. It’s not even clear whether or not she actually saw the video or not or just made the statements in the article according to the memes she posted. She’s also unclear as to whether or not she actually heard the song or just looked up the lyrics. Any journalist worth her salt will do all the research before even attempting a piece like this… Girl bye. She’s just trying to be famous honey.

        • Nicole Hill

          as a writer for this site you should ashamed of yourself for attacking OUR readers. You’re being very immature. She has every right to comment with out your personal attacks. And if you don’t like My article Don’t read it. act like an adult and I WILL NOT go back and forth with you. this is very unprofessional

          • Amy Wesley (amyzing_amy)

            Lol! How am I attacking our readers? I completely disagree with you. And there are two writers for this site on here disagreeing with you. Why are you singling me out?

          • Amy Wesley (amyzing_amy)

            Melony, are you addressing ME or Negra? We need to make this clear?

  • Amber

    Before anything I must say: she is a wonderful entertainer. If I had the disposable income I would definitely be front row at her concert. But she is NOT a voice for social political or moral issues in most communities. She works hard and can speak on being a good example for young girls when it comes to working tirelessly for what you want. But as far as this song and video go I cannot agree with you more! From a marketing stand point she is a GENIUS! I love when she does stuff like this because you can see all the money she is about to make. But the video was a plug for current events so people can say she is socially conscious etc etc but the song is nasty and has nothing to do with anything. The only thing cool was her finally addressing all the idiots complaining about Blue Ivy’s hair and the illuminati claims. But everything else was typical Beyonce. The song is indicative of her whole sexy thug persona she’s doing and the video was just to tug on black peoples highly and rightfully sensitive emotions towards current events that she and her husband have hardly spoken on when they were fresh.

  • Jane

    I could not believe my ears. People really do need to read more and learn their history!

    • Nicole Hill

      thank you for taking the time to read and comment

  • Author Destiny Carter

    This is what I’ve been saying all along. Well written and truth bomb

    • Nicole Hill

      Thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment. Hope you shared to enlighten a friend.

  • Degustibus non

    Hi! I agree with you 100%, while I understand that there are people who perhaps speak that way, I don’t an neither does anyone I know. I’ve always struggled w/ being myself as I am a 1st generation African American and I grew up in Rome. I am very European culturally and was never accepted in High School, College or work by other blacks especially women. I’ve come to accept it in my late 40’s. This song makes me cringe and it reminds me of the crass, loud and low brow girls who would squawk in poor English. I am not saying there isn’t room for all of us. But was black women we are not all like the persona Beyonce portrayed in front of all of America. Some of us read, eat whole food, dabble in other cuisines, knit, ski, spelunk and more we are infinitely varied.

    • Low brow black girls? Who are YOU to call anybody “low brow”? Being raised “European” isn’t an honor. You are, totally, NOT including sisters whom YOU think you are better than… The audacity. They treat Africans like shyt in Europe and you come here like you are better than someone. Have a seat. She portrayed herself. Nothing more or less…What have YOU done to empower black people? You may want to google what she has done since she is “low brow”.

      • Degustibus non

        Not true. I live in Italy part of the year, most of my friends black and white are European. I am not sure what your ax is against me but I think everyone knows what we mean by low brow… ghetto, hoochie mama, eccetera eccettera.

        I am not better than anyone, I simply grew up in Europe, and my parentsa re African so you can’t “out black” or “out African ” me ever…in Europe, the crime rate is lower and folks, all kinds of folks live longer, happier and more productive lives.

        I am not proud of my upbringing but I am not ashamed of it neither. I am and feel infintely safer in Italy than I do here. As what I have done to raise up my people, I am not a braggart but let’s just say that I have tutored, mentored and worked with women who were/are less fortunate than me. I am not attacking Beyonce I am just saying that the song and its sentiment do not reflect anything remotely relatable in my life.
        Best regards, D.

        • Your first summation spoke to who you really are.. no need to backpedal. You have a lot of nerve calling somebody “low brow”. Respectability politics is bs…you DO know that, right?

    • Nicole Hill

      Thank you very much I am glad you enjoyed it and could relate, I sure couldn’t relate to those lyrics. I am sorry about the negativity you experienced while commenting

  • It’s codeswitching at its best. Apparently, folks think that black activism has to look a particular way. The video was the protest NOT the song… The song is who she is… a hood black girl from Houston. I’m not even a stan for Bey and I get it. Black folks get caught up in who they think they should be versus who they are. That was the problem that I had with her initially.

    Beyonce isn’t known for writing sonnets nor for flawless elocution. She is ratchet and country… just with success added to it. The use of Negro is really an issue? The term for Black has changed a gazillion times but you take issue with “negro”?

    Black LGTBQ folks are largely ignored in our community and she highlighted them… in their own skin. I’m here for it. I’m an activist but do I cuss, twerk and have a drink…he11 yeah.. AM I ashamed about it? HE11 NAW. Her blackness is he blackness just like you have yours and I have mine.

    • Degustibus non

      Exactly a “hood” girl from Houston… I don’t know any. And I resent that she chose to speak about that in front of 100 million people. Lol. White folks think the worst of us anyway, she confirmed it for them. It was awful.

      • You don’t have to know any.. She spoke in HER own voice. She wasn’t speaking for every black woman.. If you want to be heard, YOU SAY SOMETHING.

        Who the he11 cares what white folks think? Are you serious? Yeah you definitely were raised “European”…good luck with that!

        • Degustibus non

          I am not backpedalling but trying to explain my position. I am a very conservative (socially) person. Was raised in a muslim household and grew up in Italy, while being born here. I am neither proud nor ashamed of it. it is much safer and better for your health to live in Italy than in Texas where I currently reside. It is my goal to retire there and I am not far from it. Black women are deceptively youthful appearing at times.

          I think Beyonce should be able to sing whatever she wants but it should not be painted with a broad brush of “social justice” As to the term low brow, it exists, for a reason.

          You gain very little by attacking me. I see no merit in it. There are people I have nothing in common with, there are people who choose not to read or make thoughtful decisions about how to spend their time, it is their right to do so. They however do not represent me.
          I will not respond to your comments as it is futile.

          Good day, D.

        • Degustibus non

          The relentless attacks, and what is wrong with being raised in Europe? There is a diaspora you know.

          I care about what people think, I am also a beliver in putting one’s best foot forward. I understand why Beyonce’s piece was so radical. I salute her for it, it needed to be said but I also wish she were different as I cannot absolutely in any way relate to her. I understand why she is the way she is, I sometimes wish she were different.

          A lot of girls look up to her, girls are so important, future teachers, they will teach entire generations, their children and I am sometimes sorry that they have Beyonce in all her vulgarity and shallow, superficial glory as a role model.

          Call me old fashioned, call me conservative but she makes me cringe. Her performance at the Superbowl last Sunday however neccesasry and explosive, was for me cringeworthy.

          We can coexit you know? Anyway good luck to you too and best wishes too. You deserve the best and I hope you attain it. x Dea

          • I am bicultural… I am well aware of politics and the treatment of other diasporans. YOU made it a point to mention your pedigree as if it made you better and I’m here to tell you that it doesn’t. So what that you aren’t hood but how dare YOU- a BLACK woman turn your nose up at people who are different….not beneath you but different… Relentless attacks? Oh ok- you get what you give and I’m here to be the voice of the “lowbrow” since they aren’t articulate enough to express themselves with regard to your opinion.

          • Degustibus non

            Your aggressive demeanor towards me is abundantly clear, one only has to read your comments. As a Somali/Yemeni American who has lived in many places it is also my right to assert my position. I am sorry you find it offensive. I never said I was better than the low brow Beyonce extolls in her song, I just stated they exist. Social stratification of society, however dislikeable is in fact a reality. I am not saying I am better from anyone. Just different.

            Divide et Impera they used to say. Rage on.

          • Amy Wesley (amyzing_amy)

            Thank you Negra for getting all these ladies back into FORMATION!! LOL! LOL!

        • keifyg

          I like how everyone is so bent because she said, “negro”, but will refer to themselves as black in the VERY NEXT STATEMENT! SMH. It’s the same word people, just different languages!

        • Yes!!

    • mirandalg

      I am from Houston. We are the same age and we are not all “hood girls.” She definitely was not a hood girl, and yes, I was there, so I know it for a fact . This song is demeaning and trivializes black culture , and I find it mortifying . Deeming it an anthem for black pride and empowerment implies that we have nothing more to offer or celebrate beyond a stereotypical affinity for hot sauce and post-coital Red Lobster . I am appalled , and the use of the word Negro is, at best , irresponsible . Anyone who can’t comprehend that should spend more time reading . Anti-intellectualism is rampant in the younger generations and it is frightening .

      • Melony Hill

        Thank you for taking the time to read and comment. I have spoken to a 73 year old male about the use of the word Negro in the song. He was highly offended, said he hadn’t heard anyone blatantly say Negro like that in 30 years. He shared this article with others in his age group to make them aware since they don’t listen to her music

  • Antonio

    You are spot on… The song is a joke to be quite honest. The video is a great, but filled with Wikipedia searched dialogue. She preaches about being Creole but I wonder if she knows the people who identify as Creole, who were nothing more than free lightskinned black people who were mixed with French, Spanish and Native American who owned slaves, actually tried to become identified as their own race as to be not associated with dark skinned Blackd during the 1800s. I wonder why people are who are praising the song didn’t praise Miguel’s Candles in the Sun song/video which was released in 2012 and addressed police brutality or why they don’t praise India.Arie, Alicia Keys, Solange, Kelis, Erykah Badu, J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Maxwell, D’Angelo or the dozens of other Black artists who’ve made songs and videos about social injustices… Why is it that when Beyoncé does it, now it’s a statement. Rihanna did American Oxygen last year, a much better song and video than this, but she got dragged thru the mud. If Beyoncé was so self righteous she would’ve made a song/video about New Orleans and Katrina back in 2005/2006… But what song did she have on the charts around that time… Check on It, a sex song. She’s so political when it’s convienent

    • Why does she have to make a song? She used her own money to bail black folks out of jail in Baltimore and Ferguson, proceeds from her tour are going to aid children in Flint, Michigan, she has donated $7 million dollar to build housing for the homeless. What have YOU done?

      • Antonio

        What have YOU done… I’ll wait?! Beyoncé is an entertainer, her job is to entertain so if I’m not entertained by something she does, I have to right to exercise my opinion on it! I feel the song is a joke, you don’t, that’s fine. We’re not talking about charitable exploits, we’re discussing a song she made. Stay in school and pay attention, until then, #BeBlessed

        • I mentor a group of 30 girls in my city out my own pocket and not for a tax deduction…I clothe, feed, buy supplies as needed and support them as needed…. My 14 year old daughter gives care packages to the homeless with food and toiletries… I help her buy items but she uses her allowance to give back. We, also, volunteer in schools reading and promoting literacy programs at under-supported elementary schools… AND we cook, serve and have dinner with people in our local homeless shelters…..Now what was that again? I’ve been finished with school for decades… but YOU got schooled today.

          • Amy Wesley (amyzing_amy)

            I love this chick!

    • Nicole Hill

      I tell you I can’t believe anyone would defend this. Thank you so much for taking the time to not only read My article but to voice your opinion. It is when we stand up they understand we are not all alike.

  • What exactly are you doing to promote social justice? People complained that she didn’t say or do anything for the black communities and when she does in her own way people are still complaining. Her tour will benefit the victims of the Flint Water tragedy. Instead of bashing the lyrics (come on now, you know she sings the dumbest lyrics) think about the message. She stood in front of over millions and unapologetically proclaimed her pride in self, something MANY black entertainers won’t do because their bottom line is money. Her bottom line may be money, however she has started the conversation and isn’t that really what is needed? I know this probably won’t make it in these comments because I’m not sitting her bashing Beyonce and agreeing with your stance. Let me say this though, in doing this show, she has caused MANY (black and white) to change their view of The Black Panther Party and have encouraged our young men and women to seek the knowledge of self and embrace their “Jackson Five Nostrils” and “baby hair with afros”. Do you know how I know? I mentor at risk youth, the don’t care about the lyrics, they care that someone has told them they are beautiful.

    • when the lyrics in MUSIC don’t matter there’s a problem in My opinion

  • Nik

    Well, it’s a good ratchet song … if you like ratchet. Ever heard a black person say, “Negro, please!” Taking back power from words that are meant to tear us down is what we tend to do (gays do it too, with use of the word “queer”). But speaking of, I’ll take Negro over n*gger or n*gga any day. Oh, and she’s talking about her Negro’s (Jay Z) nose, not her own well sculpted, surgically modified one. Peace.

  • Lisa

    I am amazed at people being offended by the word Negro. Maybe it’s because I’m from the “deep south” but I completely got the imagery in the video as well as the lyrics. I wasn’t offended nor was I ashamed that she performed this in front of millions. We have to get out of this “what will they think of us” mentality. Let’s be clear, if someone thinks of you as a ni**a or ni**er it’s because of their preconceived perception of those who bear your skin color. You could be the most cultured and well versed millionaire and they would still think of you the same. As for Beyonce, I think she’s a genius. I am a fan of the business woman she seems to be. This was all very calculated and the fact that some are upset because she stands to make millions off of this move..Hellooooo, that’s what she’s supposed to do.

  • Felix Nyerhovwo Jarikre

    Every thing about Beyonce has always been calculative to achieve some agenda. I’m even surprised many people would even see her as someone capable of representing social justice. She is an entertainer, out to make some money. And when it is convenient to ride on the wave of some trending social issue to come into relevance, she would have no hesitation to do so. Like you, Melony Hill, I have not listened to the song or watched the video, but going through the lyrics, the use of the word “negro” is offensive, retrogressive and unacceptable. It’s an insult on the collective memory of people who agitated and fought to consign the use of that demeaning word into the dustbin of history.

    • so well said. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment

  • Amanda williams

    She is a pop artist who is well known for perpetuating stereotypes of Black women and Black homosexuals! I honestly do not think her video or performance had any real social value! Did anyone ever think she had these women dress up as Black panthers just because the North Carolina Panthers was one of the teams playing at the SuperBowl? This team is predominately Black, so why not give them a set of Black cheerleaders as a way of honoring Black history Month? We are all aware that it is in fact Black history month. I ask anyone who believes that Beyonce is serious about Black empowerment to watch her videos on her Vevo page. She is a bonafide crossover pop singer! Why would she jeopardize her White audience at the expense of the #BlackLivesMatters movement. I think Blacks and whites are taking this way too serious!

  • Leonardo DaVinci Barnette

    We honestly never need to worry about what “they” will think of us or what “they” will say about us. We simply cannot wait to tear each other apart. No other race of people does it nearly to the effect that we do it to ourselves. Where was your thesis on her building a home for the homeless in here hometown of Houston, TX ??!! Where’s the story on what YOU are doing for social injustice and the Black Race??!! You seem far more bothered over her & Blue , being the “lightest one” in the room than the absence of any real message, missing or implied. Look within. Good day.

    • I never concern with “them” I concern Myself with what My son will think, My nieces. I worry about the message that is being given to them. This piece is not about her efforts toward BLM or giving back, simply about how offensive this song is.

    • Yes!

  • Just a Brotha From Da Hood

    Your argument is dribble at best. She spoke truth of being proud to be Black, loving her Black man, & her race. Just like a roach does, you tried to tear her down. I think she has about a million white people already doing that. Instead of standing by your sistah in togetherness, to show we will stand by ours, you make an open article crying about how she worded it????? Really???? I am NOT a Beyonce fan, but she has my respect for at the very least positioning herself with her people. I don’t agree with a lot of things she has done in the past, but at what point does she get a pass for doing something in the right direction for once? She got America talking about an issue they hate talking about. She brought to the forefront what is normally non-news. She used her platform to help even your tired behind, & you sound off on her like the white feminist group did sounding just as equally stupid??? I don’t know how many other Black women are parading around their white men, putting down brotha’s, & truly hurting the Black race with shows like Empire, Housewives crap, or reverand reality—-BUT you have the audacity to have issue with her lyrics? Not Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Drake, or the many others truly pushing crap? I’m not ashamed of her, but of people like you. We can do better, but we seem to always find that one that will stand out to be different undercover Stacy Trash!!!

    • I thank you for taking the time to read and voice your opinion. I don’t expect everyone to agree with Me. But I thank you for sharing your thoughts and opinions.

    • Bravo!!

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