Beyoncé Super Bowl Halftime Performance



Beyoncé isn’t usually one to use her music or performances, her art, to comment on politics but during her performance at the 2016 Super Bowl halftime show, she did. And then some. She emerged, with her dancers, all dressed as the formidable group, The Black Panthers. The Black Panthers were a party formed in California in 1966 and played a short but vital role in the civil rights movement, which we all know was spearheaded by the infamous Martin Luther King. However the crux of the Black Panthers was that they believed that the peaceful non-violent campaign wasn’t working and that in order to effect change, violence is something that they were willing to use. Although the party considered themselves African American, they fought for all those oppressed no matter what minority group. The head of the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) at the time, J Edgar Hoover called them “the greatest threat to the internal security of the country” and used dirty tactics to create shameful ‘Black Propaganda’ campaigns that ‘proved’ the Black Panther Party were the villains of this story. By such a dominant presence in not only the music industry but also as one of the greatest entertainers since Michael Jackson, Beyoncé sent a message worldwide: blacks will no longer be oppressed. This message was strengthened when it was revealed to the public that she and Jay Z donated a huge sum of $1.5 million to the Black Lives Matter movement.



Natasha Perkin

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