Black women musicians and artists have long used their voices to communicate about their struggle for liberation. From spirituals to blues to rap and R&B, Black women have navigated the musical terrain to envision worlds centered on Black womanhood.
Beyoncé's music video 'Formation,' and her entire Lemonade album represent a modern example of this performative Black womanhood. In these lyrics she is proud of her Black Southern heritage and urges other Black women to 'get in formation' or 'get information' as a source of strength for the pride of Black womanhood.
Click play on the video below to watch this ode to Black Southern womanhood.