By SJ Otto
For a long time I've criticized Beyoncé for not having anything of substance to say. But now I have to eat my words...at least a little. She showed some real guts supporting the Black Live Matter movement, during the half-time show of the Superbowl. According to the Daily Mail:
"Except that this time the world's most feted female singer was trying to make a serious political statement.
Her dancers had afro hairstyles and black berets, formed an X on the pitch and punched the air with their fists. Young fans near the stage doubtless didn't have a clue what it all meant, but it later became clear the performers had been giving the infamous right-handed black power salute.
In wearing berets and black leather jackets, they had been paying homage to the militant Black Panthers movement on the 50th anniversary of its founding. The X formation was a tribute to the radical black separatist Malcolm X, and the performance was also intended to honour the Panthers' modern-day successors in opposing what they see as institutional racism in America — the Black Lives Matter movement."
And this is what we need from entertainers today. We need them to speak out when there is a need. There is no reason why a young black women entertainer today can't make serious political statements. We need that now more than ever. I even enjoyed when Michael Palladino, president of the Detectives’ Endowment Association, slammed the superstar’s Super Bowl halftime show’s support for the Black Lives Matter movement, calling the message “misdirected.”
Of course he thought it was misdirected. He represents law enforcement and they don't like being held accountable for the black people they kill.
So Keep it up Beyoncé. You have the ability to be heard and
needs that now more than ever.