Formation—The Divide

Feminist: A person who advocates or supports the rights and equality of women.

Let that sink in…

I mean really sink in, think of what that actually means.

Think of all the possibilities beneath the surface.

If no light bulbs have yet to click yet, then let me shed light on what I’m trying to help you notice.

“I think being a Feminist is a lot deeper than what people make it seem. Being a feminist, does mean to be for the for all women however at the same time you can’t be for all women entirely if there is an entire community of women that don’t support each other fully, what I call: “The Divide”. Generally speaking, African American people are the most envious and unsupportive of their own people. We all know this, even though we tend to ignore that reality. In side with that, African American women are the first group to tear one another down and they have much envy. I think both Beyoncé’s performance at the superbowl and her video were beautiful and she spoke on issues that she personally hasn’t addressed for whatever reason before to her fans. I believe she realized that before we can all move as one unit in the name of Feminism, we must first mend the cracks in this big façade that claims to be for all women when it isn’t.”

– Chántelle Agbro

Now I know almost the whole world has heard Beyoncé’s new release: Formation by now and personally I want to know your serious opinions on this, (please comment below). Of course she created a buzz in the media but whether it was good or bad she made a moving statement.

I’m not a die hard Beyoncé fan but I do like her and her music and this bold message that she recently portrayed might have even elevated my respect for her even more. I love how she coordinated every aspect of her video from the lyrics to the graphics, it was awesome. Additionally, as if Beyoncé isn’t already always the topic of discussion, to me, she anticipated people’s reaction and the buzz that this message would create. She closes her song remark:

“You know you that bitch when you cause all this conversation. Always stay gracious, best revenge your paper.”

She knew, end of story, and I can respect and support it.

I love when people who have so much influence (much more than politicians) on the general population, especially the youth, all over the world call attention to concerns that actually matter in our society. I’ve witnessed so many artist get money and lose the value of keeping serious issues relevant in whichever manner they choose to connect with their fan base, which bothers me.

Noticing “The Divide” we have in the world with racism and colorism speaks exactly to why the true meaning of a Feminist can’t be carried out as effectively as it should be by public figures. The image they are “obligated to uphold” is too valuable, I suppose.

Whatever.

Furthermore,the critics of Beyonce’s video, (you know who you are and I hope this post reaches you) really blew my mind. Saying or implying that she isn’t a Feminist because her performance didn’t include “all women” is just a cover up for the fact that the fear of the black community uniting is very well present and real. 

Black Lives Matter suddenly transferred to All Lives Matter?

Hmm, note that.

I think it makes you even more of a Feminist for bringing attention to the importance of all African American females lifting each other up, because there is clearly a disconnect in that community specifically, which is very evident. It’s not to say that all women of various races aren’t worth being acknowledged because other races are acknowledged all the time.

Therefore, it is to say, however, that Beyoncé’s message is aiding to the group of women that tend to be the most broken. Even here in Latin America the African population (Afro Latinas) get overlooked.

Instead of criticizing, if you truly new the job of a Feminist, you would realize that this is what the African American sector needs (we never have anything to ourselves, and we never can have anything to be proud of without being criticized like we aren’t good enough). You would also, support the fact that Beyoncè is trying to pull together a group of women who have it the hardest in this society (not playing the victim, only stating facts, we don’t need a pity party and we’ve never needed one). To recognize this, is to acknowledge the fact that white privilege does exist, and that black women are criticized and torn down constantly by everyone including themselves. This video/performance is a grand step in the movement of Feminism.

Shift your perspective.

 “Umm, we don’t need to ask for acceptance from anyone. We don’t. Umm, we are enough, we’ve been enough and we always will be enough, thank you!”

-Taraji P. Henson

(NAACP Image Awards (2016))

Truth: Besides, the fact that I love this woman’s soul dearly, she put the icing on the cake with these words. Not much needs to be said but the indirect/ direct jabs that are always made towards the African American community will never cease the ability we have to persevere, through it all.

Let it be known.

When you realize that the “minority” is really the majority, life gets easier. >

I’m no where near close to being judgemental because of race, color, ethnic or origin, but of character? Definitely.

If it’s clear that you have a prejudice towards a certain person/group because of the above things I will have no choice but to judge you.

Flint.

Police Brutality.

Whether it is a learned behavior or not it’s inexcusable and the newer generations need to know that. It’s too late for the older generations, they’ve been stuck in their ways for too long, however everyone else needs to know people were made to be different but oh so similar at the same time and be able to really decipher what that signifies.

“Everyone in the world is worth being nice to. Because GOD never creates inferior human beings, each person deserves respect and dignity.” 

-thegoodquote

“Let’s gather and educate our own people so we can then attack Feminism, even Humanism, together as an entire unit.”

-Chántelle Agbro

Don’t attack but support:)

#WeCarry

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15 thoughts on “Formation—The Divide

  1. This is very powerful! This is such an important matter and I could not agree more with what you have to say. I too believe that those who have such a big fan base should have a POSITIVE impact on those who look up to them. They can make such a huge difference in this world. Beyonce’s video is indeed powerful and the message, to me at least, is what is needed. Loving the photos btw. Great post!

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  2. Love this! I feel like you touched on so many important points. Some people don’t understand that Black feminism isn’t aiming to separate itself from feminism but as Black women, we have been dealt different cards than white feminists. Our struggles are many times very different from the struggles of other women. I loved Beyonce’s Formation video because she celebrates the culture that people have been putting down and belittling for sooooo long. She’s just reminding everyone that these things about Blackness are something to be proud of and I loved that. “I love my Blackness. And yours.” -Deray Mckesson

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  3. At the end of the day. There is NOTHING like being a Black Female. Not just in America, but everywhere. Continue to raise awareness. Because like you said, there is no need for a pitty party. People just need to understand our situation that has been standing for hundreds of years and give us what we deserve, which is equality and respect. Everyone on this earth should have equality and respect. But obviously the world has never ever ever worked that way. But still we stand and we smile and we work, and we slay!

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  4. I agree female discrimination is a problem. But we as African Americans in general need to come together. We should unite and then deal with various issues. Feminism is great but I don’t think African American females will get what they deserve unless African Americans (both sexes) unite and demand respect first. Don’t let our sex prevent us from working together.

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  5. I can’t agree more with this post! When you have a following, people are going to look up to you! And you have to be that force to guide them to positivity. And those pics are amazing. I’m glad you’re enjoying your trip! I wish I could have that experience! Looking forward to your next post

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    1. AWWW thanks Jordan!! Love ya and yes I’m working on that following everyday 😩🙏🏾 God is going to make it happen though I have no doubt!

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  6. I agree that we as African Americans definitely tear each other down when we should really be doing the opposite and building ourselves up! We fail to realize that tearing each other down is the cause of this divide.
    I really love your post. They make me think differently and outside of the box. I see a whole new perspective whenever reading your blog!

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  7. I didn’t even watch her performance, but I definitely heard about it. The fact that so many people look up to her, will make a difference in her efforts to make facts known. This blogs pin points on very important issues in this world. We lack so much. Its sad! The question is, when will we as an African American people wake the hell up. WAKE UP PEOPLE!! lol
    Bomb post baby!

    #StimulateTheMind

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