Analysis Of Beyonce 's ' The Song ' Formation ' Essay

1746 Words Oct 25th, 2016 7 Pages
On February 6th, 2016, Beyoncé dropped her album Lemonade, and with it, the song “Formation.” The incredibly influential music video has many subtle messages dispersed throughout. Beyoncé starts off the video by laying on a New Orleans police car that is sinking in the Hurricane Katrina flood. She understands the racial tension and inequality that is happening in America today. She wants the audience to understand that they can help our country by educating themselves culturally. In Hurricane Katrina, minorities were affected most (Logan 1). They were in neighborhoods that were given little warning about evacuating the city. She is emphasizing how the United States government was passive in their help with this tragedy. Beyoncé moves into the refrain of the song at 0:20 and illustrates African American characteristics. So states that she likes “my baby heir with baby afros. I like my negro nose with Jackson Five nostrils.” Her husband, Jay-Z, and Beyoncé receive criticism on their looks from the media, but she embraces these stereotypes. Beyoncé is trying to bring everyone together through this influential piece of pop culture. She gives off the feeling that she would sacrifice herself in order for all of us to become a unity. She calls herself an “Albino Alligator” in the chorus of the song. The albino alligator is an alligator that will sacrifice themselves for the betterment and safety of the group (Huffington Post). Beyoncé understands the importance of the values,…

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