Beyonce and her Dancers Rock an Explicitly Political Message
During a game that was already expected to set off conversations about race, Superbowl 50’s halftime performance, in which Coldplay made us all feel really awesome and gay before dropping Queen Bey, is garnering praise for her explicitly political performance and dancers. While it doesn’t take anyone with much political prowess to realize that the video for Formation is very much political with its lyrics and symbolism, we were blessed to have one of the most hard-hitting performances in recent history – and Beyonce’s backup dancers continued the spirit even after the show. Of course, plenty of other news outlets (you’ll be sooo shocked when you click on the link) are less than thrilled that black pride had a spotlight.
According to The Guardian “her beret-clad dancers were photographed with their fists raised in a Black Power salute, holding a sign that read “Justice 4 Mario Woods.” It was the doing of two Black Lives Matter activists, Rheema Emy Calloway and Ronnisha Johnson. They recounted in a phone interview how they “chased the dancers down” after the performance to help bring national attention to the story of Woods, a 26-year-old African American man who was shot and killed by San Francisco police officers on 2 December 2015.”
It’s a sad thing when it takes celebrity viral news for white people to listen to an already powerful message, but we’re thankful Beyonce and her dancers are amplifying one of the most important conversations about race the United States has had in recent history