- "Y'all haters corny with that illuminati mess." The Queen just called out all the silly haters who've accused her and Jay-Z of being in the illuminati. The illuminati does not exist. Bey is letting you know who the Queen is. 200 levels of blackness.
- "My daddy Alabama, mama Louisiana, you mix that Negro with that Creole, make a TexasBama." This whole video is an homage to the black southern gothic aesthetic, but Bey is undeniably reppin' her black southern roots. And this within itself is a reminder that there is not just one type of blackness. 300 levels of blackness.
- "I like my baby hair, with baby hair and afro. I like my Negro nose with Jackson 5 nostrils." Remember all those critics of Bey who tried to pressure her into combing Blue Ivy's hair because "it didn't look right?" Bey just clapped back hard. You coming for her man's nose/black people's noses? Bey is letting you know that she loves her man's nose and our noses. 500 levels of blackness.
- Lets all just bask in the regality that is Blue Ivy Carter. 600 levels of blackness.
- She got hot sauce in her bag and you betta bet that it is Louisiana Hot Sauce or Frank's Red Hot. Another level of blackness reached. 800 levels of blackness.
- Big Freedia's narration is another level of blackness. You cannot get blacker than Big Freedia, The Queen of Bounce. 1000 levels of blackness.
- Big Freedia says: "I like cornbread and collard greens." Big Freedia is just saying what every black person knows, but this is yet another level of blackness. 1500 levels of blackness.
- Those formations in that empty pool? Slay Queen Bey. Another level of blackness. 2000 levels of blackness.
- Those formations in the parking lot on videotape? Yet another level of blackness reached. 2200 levels of blackness.
- Red Lobster. There is nothing else to say really. This counts for an automatic 3000 levels of blackness.
- That MLK newspaper reference saying that he was more than just a dream? 3100 levels of blackness.
- Scene at a Black Church?! 5000 LEVELS OF BLACKNESS
- That little black boy dancing in front of those police officers in riot gear and them surrendering to him. Fuggin tears. The ultimate indictment of white supremacy. We are literally crying. 10,000 levels of blackness.
- "STOP SHOOTING US." Bey let you know where she stands and where all of Black America stands. Stop killing us. 15,000 levels of blackness.
- Beyonce sinking a police car in N'awlins floodwaters?! Take a moment to reflect on that. Just think. Good Lawd Almighty. 100,000 levels of blackness.
- "You know you that bitch when you cause all that conversation." Bow down before the throne of Beyonce. Bow down before the throne of blackness.
Beyonce's "Formation" video is PEAK BLACKNESS and there is really no other succinct way in which to say that. Get into it:
Before we count the levels of blackness in this fabulousness, we must make an offering at the altar of Queen Bey. We offer our BeyHive membership fees and our collective wigs:
Messy Mya (RIP) opens the video and asks: "What happened at the "N'awlins?" The reference to the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Messy Mya's unsolved murder in conjunction establishing shots of N'awlins is already gut wrenching enough, but the slayage continues throughout the entire video.
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