Beyonce’s Super Bowl Performance: Hit or Miss?

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Beyonce, left, sings with Chris Martin of Coldplay and Bruno Mars, right, during the halftime show at Super Bowl 50 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group/TNS)

Marie Bobb, Staff Writer

This past weekend, Beyonce aka “Queen B” performed at the 50th annual Super Bowl and absolutely stole the show.

The entire performance kicked off with Coldplay performing some of his hit songs. Bruno Mars came out performing Uptown Funk then the glorious Beyonce made her big entrance, surrounded by fire and various dancers dressed in their Black Panther inspired outfits.

These outfits caused a major uproar over social media. Many believed it shouldn’t have been done, due to the “bad message” that the Black Panthers once portrayed, while others believed it was a powerful message that the world needed to witness.

Many people overlooked the glam and singing and focused on the topic. Twitter users were making comments like “she’s racist,” and many believed that this performance was “attacking” police because of the Black Panther references.

I am on the side of those who believe this was a powerful message that many seemed to look over.

The main point of the performance was to emphasize the importance of not only black, but feminine power in general. This performance included all black women who sported their natural hair which went along perfect with her recent music video releases entitled “Formation.”

During the performance Beyonce made several references to iconic celebrities including Malcolm X and Michael Jackson. Her and her dancers formed their way into a big X symbolizing Malcolm X, former black activist, and his impact on the black panther movement. Beyonce’s outfit was very similar to the same outfit that Michael Jackson wore at his Super Bowl performance years ago.

Despite the controversy and judgement, I believe Beyonce used her platform as an artist in such a big music industry to reach out to millions and let them know that black women around the world do have a voice.  This is the time for them to finally be heard.

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