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Beyoncé Runs the World During Super Bowl 50

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In case you weren’t aware, there’s a Beyoncé concert tonight (you can watch it here, if you missed it). The Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers are the opening act, but everybody’s here for #Bey, who just dropped her powerful activist anthem “Formation” last night.

“Formation” is undeniably political: it celebrates black beauty, tackles Katrina and police brutality, and references Martin Luther King. Of course, Beyoncé is no stranger to political statements – she and husband Jay Z donated $1.5m to #BlackLivesMatter last week – but this may be her most politically direct and hard-hitting musical work to date.

Only Beyoncé could drop such a deeply political song, and then perform that song the very next day at the Super Bowl. Only Beyoncé could do it with a team of all-black backup dancers dressed as Black Panthers, herself wearing a throwback Michael Jackson outfit. Beyoncé is here to celebrate blackness, and doesn’t care whether you like it or not.

It’s Beyoncé’s world. The rest of us just live in it.

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4 Comments

  1. Reading this, I’m sorry to say the my entire reaction to half-watching the half-time show was “where are everyone’s pants?”
    Also, reading the lyrics, I see the bit talking about black beauty, but the references to katrina and police brutality seem to be in the video, or is there a meaning to some of the lyrics I don’t get?

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