This has been the blackest and most unapologetic Black History Month ever, and it isn’t even over yet. I am personally here for every melanated moment of it. All this Black excellence and Black power… As much as I love “Lift Every Voice & Sing” and enjoyed writing Black history reports, it could never compare to the ebony joy I have felt since the start of the month as a Black woman. A lot has happened, and I may actually have to do a part two post because we still have 11 days to go. For now, here are five reasons why this has been the most unapologetically black Black History Month ever.
On Feb 3rd, Page Six reported that she shook up her entire management team. Beyoncé parted ways with her general manager of 5 years, Lee Anne Callahan-Longo, and brought on Steve Pamon. Steve is a Morehouse man and a remember of Omega Psi Phi, so you know where this is going. Three days later, Beyoncé dropped her new Black southern girl anthem with a visual, intense, blacker than Black accompanying video: “Formation”, featuring the deceased YouTuber Messy Mya and New Orleans Bounce giant Big Freedia.
My mahogany heart sang with joy watching the cops standing in the ‘don’t shoot’ position, but the frame that read “Stop Killing Us” was everything. This video put white people in a tizzy. Micro braids, baby hair with Afros and hot sauce… blacker than Black. Then, just when you thought it couldn’t get any blacker, she performed it at the Superbowl in X formation accompanied by Black women with Afros, extended fists and leather.
While it looked like this:
It felt like this:
2. Killer Mike
Killer Mike has been consistently, unapologetically Afrikan and a voice of intellect in the Black community for as long as I can remember. However, while defending Queen Bey the other day on “Real Time with Bill Maher”, Mike finally gave white people the memo we all wish they had gotten many moons ago. As he so elegantly put it, “Everything isn’t about you!”
It went like this:
Then yesterday, in response to the flack he received from whitewashed feminists, Killer Mike spoke on Hillary Clinton’s politics or lack of policy as it relates to Black people:
3. Kendrick Lamar
Hip Hop sensation Kendrick Lamar walks on stage at the Grammys in chains, band behind bars, and raps:
I’m the biggest hypocrite of 2015
Once I finish this, witnesses will convey just what I mean
Been feeling this way since I was 16, came to my senses
You never liked us anyway, fuck your friendship, I meant it
I’m African-American, I’m African
I’m Black as the moon, heritage of a small village
Pardon my residence
Came from the bottom of mankind
My hair is nappy, my dick is big, my nose is round and wide
You hate me don’t you?
You hate my people, your plan is to terminate my culture
It was so bad ass and black, Facebook couldn’t even take it. I can’t find the full performance anywhere. It seem like only snippets of the performance remain online. They snatched it away the same way they did our history.
This is what it looked like:
This is what it felt like:
And this is what it sounded liked:
4. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia Died on Feb. 13th
Scalia has been cited as saying “Most of the Black scientists in this country don’t come from schools like the University of Texas. They come from lesser schools…” He was actually insinuating that HBCU’s are less reputable than white universities. While white people debate whether he is racist or not, and the Republican party tries to waste our tax dollars scrambling to look for a loophole in the Constitution, we might actually get a real Black Supreme Court justice. Coon Clarence Thomas doesn’t count. Plus, if we get a Black justice he might actually move down in the Google search results when you google Black Supreme Court Justices. I know it is petty, but I just thinking win/win.
Scalia is widely misquoted as saying, “Mere factual innocence is no reason not to carry out a death sentence properly reached”.
— Jay Sands (@sandifjm) February 13, 2016
— PrestonMitchum (@PrestonMitchum) February 13, 2016