“Mystery Man” Started Something that Black Women Intend Finish

Final Formation

The Anti-Beyonce rally has taken on a life of its own thanks to news organizations taking the story public without any verification of validity of the the organizers but the standoff of Black women to counter that rally in support of Beyonce has outgrown the anti-rally’s potential to influence the NFL.

The following media report lends itself to the hysteria of sensational media driven by their own agenda to incite racial unrest. However, they have sparked an unexpected outcome spurring Black women around the country to become active with their community organizations and to take a powerful stance against the negative portrayal of Black image in America:

The Guardian called the original organizer “the group behind an ‘Anti-Beyoncé Protest Rally.’” The Washington Post called the page’s creator “an unidentified group… planning to protest against the pop superstar.”

Excerpt from: The Daily Beast

“Repeated requests for comment sent to Proud of the Blues’ Twitter account, Facebook account and Eventbrite account have gone unanswered since Friday. (There is no direct contact information available for any of the accounts.)”

There is no proof,  that the “group” behind the protest exists.

If this is an organization — and not a single person who filled out a free, online form — it’s not a very organized one. The protest’s Eventbrite creator didn’t have a name, Facebook page or Twitter account until a day after national news coverage came pouring in. The unnamed organizer eventually renamed the group “Proud of the Blues” on Thursday, two days after the event was supposed to happen, with an accompanying Twitter account and Facebook page that had collected just 19 likes 24 hours after The New York Daily Newsposted the first national news story about the event.

Over the weekend, Proud of the Blues created a WordPress page that lived under the domain name POTB.cf. The .cf suffix is a domain extension assigned to the Central African Republic, where domains can be registered for free. No working email address, credit card information, or other real-life identifiers are required to sign up for a .cf extension.

The protest has certainly taken on a life of its own since the Daily News wrote its initial story on Wednesday morning. Two separate EventBrite counter-protest events have been created since the event’s existence created a firestorm. One, dubbed Pro-Beyoncé Protest Rally, is linked to by the Proud of the Blues protest.

The Daily Beast spoke with Black Girl Rising, the group behind the anti-anti-Beyoncé protest rally that was not linked to by Proud of the Blues. On their EventBrite page they encouraged attendees to “dress in your ‘Formation’ video/Super Bowl performance-inspired gear and make this a moment a joyous one!” The group wrote that this was not just a response to an attack on Beyoncé and the Black Panther movement, but also an “excuse to celebrate a very awesome song.”

Mela Machinko, one of Black Girl Rising’s co-creators, explained that the group is a “collective” that formed after they’d read the slew of articles that popped up five days ago detailing Proud of the Blues’ EventBrite announcement. Though they’ve been thrilled by the positive response they’ve gotten on social media and in the press, they declined to say how many people they expected would be attending tomorrow to dodge the spies allegedly working under the direction of Proud of the Blues.

Even if Proud Blues isn’t an actual organization, it seems to have spawned a very real response.


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