Deconstructing Beyonce’s Formation
Trill or Not Trill?
We need leaders. Beyonce may not the be the answer to this quest but there was something about her new song, Formation that felt different. Some are saying this is the most authentically black song she’s recorded. There were subversive political messages throughout the video. She’s already getting criticism, so you know it’s moving some folks. The surprise song was released the day before Beyonce was set to perform at the Super Bowl, which was a statement itself.
There were a number of leadership examples within the new hit record but one set of lyrics stood out. Time to deconstruct Formation.
I see it, I want it
It’s important to know what you want. Having a plan will help in reaching destinations. When you identify the goal, put it out there in the universe. Claim it!
I stunt, yeah, little hornet
Leaders don’t gloat but there’s nothing wrong with showing off your excellence at times. Be proud of the work you do. Every now and then people should be served with a reminder.
I dream it, I work hard
Dreaming about success alone, will leave you in bed and asleep. Make your dreams become a reality by working hard and putting effort behind those aspirations. Whether it’s Beyonce or the aspiring student leader, you won’t win without actively putting in that work.
I grind ’til I own it
Grinding can be a cliche term. We hear it used so much and often there aren’t any results to follow. The grind matters only if you see it through. Own your efforts. It doesn’t count until you finish what you started and own your greatness.
I twirl all my haters
Bye haters! You can’t allow detractors to dictate your decisions. Twirl them away as Beyonce stated. There will always be folks who don’t want to see you win. Their actions should never be the reason for you to not get it done.
Sippin’ Cuervo with no chaser
Don’t be afraid to take on challenges head on. Nothing wrong with a little chaser to cut the harshness but sometimes you’ve got to taste some pain to savor success.
Sometimes I go off, I go off
None of us are perfect. There will be times when you have to go off. Try to limit the situations where you lose your cool but don’t be afraid to turn up for a good cause. If you have to go off in defending the rights of others, then go off.
I go hard, I go hard
Go hard or go home. With leadership, the best way to go, is to give it 100 percent. Don’t come out to play, if you have no intentions of winning and putting your best foot forward.
Get what’s mine, take what’s mine
Don’t be afraid to be assertive. Leadership isn’t about being pushy and too aggressive. It’s also not about being overly passive, when presence is needed. Be strong when it’s time to go get that win. Grab leadership by the horn and turn up.
I’m a star, I’m a star
Humility is the way to go but never be afraid to pat yourself on the back. Be aware of your victories, even the little ones. Celebrate them proudly.
Okay, okay, ladies, now let’s get in formation, cause I slay.
Okay ladies, now let’s get in formation, cause I slay.
Prove to me you got some coordination. Slay trick, or you get eliminated.
Put pressure on your teammates to succeed and hold people accountable for their actions. Also know that if you don’t go all out, losses will follow. Start slaying and avoid elimination at all cost.
Stay trill, folks.
MrJeffDess is a writer, professor, public speaker and emcee of Haitian descent. He is an author of 4 books of poetry, including his latest, Deconstructing Ratchet. With over ten years of performing and student affairs experience under his belt MrJeffDess continues to strive towards helping students reach their highest potential. For booking information, contact MrJeffDess at firstname.lastname@example.org