Black Secret Technology: Beyonce’s Formation

An interesting reading of Beyoncé’s Formation video by Dr. Nettrice Gaskins

Renegade Futurism

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Trayvon Martin’s (Sandra Bland’s) birthday, Mardi Gras, Black History Month, Black Panthers’ 50th/Super Bowl’s 50th. Beyonce’s release for her latest song and music video, Formation, was strategically dropped today. Already, bloggers and critics are analyzing the video, so here I am taking notes, comparing/contrasting the drum and bass in A Guy Called Gerald’s Black Secret Technology (1995) with the trap music in Formation. Basically, trap is rap plus dubstep and both of these genres can easily be mixed with drum and bass.

Formation reveals an evolving black techno-vernacular.

But despite its hybrid roots, techno is specifically an African American variation on the themes of inner-city collapse… – Ben Williams, Black Secret Technology

Formation honors the Black South, which has African roots.

Formation is a great way to educate folks about black history, especially the notion of a radical blackness that perseveres in spite…

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