Beyonce, Formation, and the Politics of Race in Pop Music


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Mon, 02/22/2016 - 12:00am
Old Moles dig into Beyonce's "Formation"

Jan Haaken and Denise Morris unpack the complicated cultural and critical response to "Formation", a song and music video released by Beyonce Knowles days before her Super Bowl half-time performance of it. They consider the content of the song and video, the politics of race in the world of popular music, but also the new character of film and music criticism in the digital age. They recognize its contradictory messages and images, but offer a constructive criticism that leans toward its positive effect for black audiences. [NOTE: there is 30 seconds of music that start the segment]


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