Event Date:
Saturday, February 27, 2016, 6pm – 8pm

Catcalled in Creole: Beyoncé's Call to "Formation"

(as defined by Merriam-Webster)
: a shrill whistle or shout of disapproval, typically one made at a public meeting or performance.
: a loud or raucous cry made especially to express disapproval (as at a sports event).

Did Beyoncé's call to "Formation" serve as a catcall to America? Did it make America aware of herself and all her parts in public space? Has America catcalled back?

CTRL+SHFT hosts a discussion critically engaging, celebrating, and questioning Beyoncé's most recent step into the media onslaught. Using the massively varied reactions to Beyoncé's new video "Formation" as a departure, we will discuss issues of timeliness and place, Black South, colorism, social agency, and magical black futures. Additionally, we wonder about the regionally specific message offered by her Black Panther influenced performance at Super Bowl 50 in year marking the golden anniversary for both the Black Panther Party and the Super Bowl. Is "Formation" another much-needed dose of Black pride stinging the back of America's throat? Is it pop culture propaganda? Black-on-black appropriation?

One thing is certain-- we have heard our call to "Formation." Now we must discuss just how and if we do.

"After all, it is very possible to enjoy the "Formation" song and video and take issue with it at the same damn time. Because we're human."
--Dr. Yaba Blay

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