Was Beyonce's Super Bowl Performance A Show Of Black Solidarity Or Just A Show ?

Beyonce made a daring performance for Super Bowl 50. Following up behind Bruno Mars, making an entrance with an entourage of black leather-clad black women in black berets with afros. Giving much resemblance to the '60s and 70's black power movement of the Black Panthers, minus the fishnet stockings and leotard.

The R& B diva's performance is in close relation to her new single, Formation which is being promoted as an awareness demonstration for the Black Lives Matter movement. Forming an 'X' while performing the singer and dancers also gave reverence to the renowned black activist Malcolm X.

The anticipation was already building around her awaited Super Bowl performance after she out of the blue dropped a video for the song yesterday; depicting controversial scenes of white police officers in formation facing an unarmed black youth, and spray paint on a building reading "stop shooting us".

Another scene in the video depicts Beyonce in a post-Hurricane Katrina torn New Orleans, bringing to mind allegations that former President  George Bush was guilty of leaving blacks to fend for themselves.

Not long after the video's release, social media feeds like Facebook and Twitter were teeming with reactions to the artist's controversial lyrics and scenes including the appearance of the singer's daughter Blue Ivy.

The Black Panthers were an armed activist group that was established in Oakland in 1966, right near where the Super Bowl is being played tonight, Once the bane of President J Edgar Hoover's existence; the Panther's founded by Bobby" Seale and Huey P. Newton, fought against the racial injustices of blacks and  had a massive influence nationwide. President J. Edgar Hoover deemed them "the greatest threat to the internal security of the country".

Malcolm X born Malcolm Little in 1925 was another notorious black activist of the '60s, and the Panthers took his approach for fighting inequality rather than Dr. Martin Luther King's turn the other cheek.

How does Beyonce plan to add up to the Panthers and Malcolm though? Though her video and performance may have been a tad bit controversial it certainly is not political. More like marketing to a targeted audience by appealing to their current conditions. 

Throw a few flooded scenes from New Orleans in a video and a kid surrounded by cops and that's all it takes for some to believe you're making a political statement;....but what about everything else the video portrays? 

Black women are still being sexually exploited and her lyrics are sexually explicit. The glamorization of brand names like Red Lobster whose sales increased 33% compared to last year's Super Bowl Sunday. She also mentions Givenchy, Jose Cuevo, and a reference to albino gator shoes; all in a supposed pro-black political statement. Her reference to Blue Ivy's hair and her husband's nose were no declarations of racial pride, but rants responding to the current media buzz. What about her hair or her nose which has changed much since Destiny's Child? 

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A stage full of black women with afros on the set of the video and Super Bowl performance was a very uplifting gesture accentuating that black women should unapologetically embrace their natural selves. Beyonce however, did not share in that same sentiment as her dancers, making it a very misleading suggestion. Beyonce doesn't seem to appear to be as pro-black as her performance is trying to suggest.

A group of pro-black women with black afros look kind of clownish following the lead of another black woman with a blond Asian hair weave, no matter how frizzy it looks. So, what was the political message? Ladies getting into formation to do what? Shake their behinds, chase money, and brag about how they "slayed it" in their Givenchy dresses?

The black women who actually were members of the Panther's would probably be appalled to be represented as some burlesque entertainers in fishnet stockings putting on a show. Those women were serious about the struggle, while Beyonce is commercializing the struggle. 

The only genuine show of solidarity came from a small group of Beyonce’s Super Bowl background performers who held a sign reading “Justice 4 Mario Woods”, the 26-year-old black man shot to death by San Francisco police officers in December. 

Beyonce's performance also caused tension within the white community with some calling for a boycott of Beyonce from the Super Bowl. This is due to the white community feeling that the Black Panther's were a black hate group equal to a terrorist organization.

Beyonce's performance was nothing more than a marketing scheme. Controversy makes these people and corporate entities rich; puts them in the spotlight so they can get more endorsements. This is the same marketing scheme used by weapons dealers in times of war called "war profiteering". They supply both parties with the ammo they need to kill each other; meanwhile, they get richer in richer. Black and white people are falling for the same trick used in the media to create controversial topics that turn race groups against each other, baiting them like fish using sensitive topics of discussion or current events. We need to be smarter than that and stop paying these people attention and focus on things that will help all of America as a whole; in reality not just on TV.