Beyonce's "Formation" video is not only a celebration of blackness, but a political statement on feminism and the Black Lives Matter Movement. In fact, it's the most overtly political statement Beyonce has made yet.
The visuals are stunning. In the video, Beyonce dances in the middle of a New Orleans police car, which is submerged in water. As Beyonce moves, the police car rises and surrenders to the dancing black child.
Although the lyrics and music of "Formation" are not explicitly based on the Black Lives Matter movement, the song has been interpreted by many as a protest song. It's also become a conversation piece within the movement, inspiring people to discuss issues like racism and culture.
The song was released in February and went on to reach the number nine spot on the US Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100. Despite its success, it did not get much promotion on radio stations.
However, the song has gained prominence since the release of Beyonce's sixth studio album Lemonade in January. Soon after its release, Tidal, a streaming service owned by Jay Z, donated $1 million to other racial equality focused social justice organizations.
When the Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005, it was seen as a catalyst for a new era of activism. Many people attributed the destruction of the city to systemic inequality.
Throughout her career, Beyonce has used striking visuals and clever lyrics to make her points. She wants women to be proud of who they are. But she doesn't want to be a passive victim of society's standards. She urges women to unite and fight for their own freedom.