American singer, songwriter, and businesswoman Beyoncé released a new song/music video titled Formation the day before her halftime performance during the 50th Superbowl.
The inspiration for Formation came from Beyoncé's desire to increase awareness for certain civil rights issues. The song and video touch upon many different aspects of American Black history and culture, mixed with some provocative imagery. Some of these images riled up large swathes of the populace, notably certain segments of white Americans. Needless to say, the music video became polarizing in a matter of hours.
I look forward to hearing what you all have to say.
For those of you looking to understand more about this issue, here are some videos and articles that offer some insights. I know most of my audience members are opposed to vulgar language in their entertainment, and so I have included several cleaned-up options as well. I can't guarantee the levels of censorship utilized in the clean versions.
Why Are People Suddenly Afraid of Beyonce's Black Pride?
White People: Shut Up About Beyoncé
Why are cops taking Beyoncé's black affirmation as an attack?
Protests planned against and for Beyonce
The Original Version of the Music Video
The Clean Version of the Music Video (provocative imagery unedited)
An unofficial Clean lyric video (sans provocative imagery)