Yoncé just let the whole world how black she really is.
She started with dropping ‘Formation‘ on Saturday afternoon and pretty much shut the Internet down. The Beyhive, as well as every black person on Earth, watched in awe as Beyoncé addressed the haters and racists in a powerful song that perfectly syncs with Black History Month. She followed up at Super Bowl 50 with black power vibes, supported by Chris Martin and Bruno Mars.
While the message was extremely powerful, so was the fashion.
Let’s start with Formation.
Blue Ivy standing proudly looking like a princess with her afro: fabulous. No more feeling insecure about the shrinkage or the less-than-perfect curls. Rock what you got and rock it proudly. Beyonce says so.
Speaking of hair, I love the microbraid cornrow style that Yonce is rockin’. Only used to seeing her in her blonde weave? Don’t get it twisted: her daddy Louisiana, her mama Alabama. She be rocking the braid game on top of her hair and underneath her weave in a protective style.
Marni Senofante, the lead stylist on Formation, pulled a lot from Gucci for this video. Lemme find out Gucci is hip to the black struggle. The most striking juxtaposition was seeing this Gucci script (found in the 1970’s by Alessandro Michele, Creative Director of Gucci) on top of a police car, sinking in what I assume is the Ninth Ward.
This take on Gucci athleisure is giving me life! It’s like high fashion meets relaxed vibes.
Princess Bey with her blonde ‘fro and SS16 Gucci tulle organdy gown.
The Super Bowl gave us modern day Black Panther vibes. All 41 dancers were dressed in leather and harnesses by Zana Bayne, donning black berets and afros. Celebrating 50 years of the Blank Panther Party movement (founded on October 15, 1966) the ladies looked both strong and in control.
African-American women have embraced the Afro-hairstyle in America since the ’40s. Originally, the group of women wearing their hair in its natural state included those closest to the Civil Rights Movement, urban socialites, intellectuals and artists. Reaction to these early trendsetters was often negative, even by African-American peers. But the rejection of white beauty standards and the attention it attracted made the Afro a symbol of black pride.
While it was the 50th Super Bowl, it was also 50 years since the founding of The Black Panther Party (October 15, 1966) by Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale. And the dancers’ outfits were a modern day replication, styled by Marni Senofonte, of the original uniform created by Newton and Seale.
The uniform for members was a powder blue shirt, black leather jacket, black pants, black shoes, black beret, and optional black gloves. The black beret was added to the outfit after Newton and Seale watched a movie about the French resistance to Nazis in WWII.
Thank you, Beyoncé: the revolution was televised.
Yonce’s outfit, however, paid tribute to the late Michael Jackson. He performed at Super Bowl XXVII in almost an identical outfit. The white actor, Joseph Fiennes, might have been cast to play Michael Jackson, but Beyoncé gave us a nice reminder last night, that Michael Jackson is very black.
Beyoncé gave me life the entire weekend: politically, stylishly, and personally. She told everyone to get in formation…en vogue.