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Beyoncé Releases Formation

Date(s)
February 6, 2016

During the Super Bowl L halftime show, Beyoncé premiered Formation with a backup dance crew, all dressed in clothes evocative of the Black Panther party. On that same day, the song’s music video, which features imagery evoking a Black empowerment and an admonishment of police brutality, was released on YouTube. For many, the performance and song are a protest against the treatment of black women in America and a firm affirmation of the Black Lives Matter Movement. As a wealthy, commercially successful, feminist artist, Beyoncé continues to raise questions about the existence and challenges of radical political protest in mass-marketed form.

Sources

Garza, Alicia. "Black Lives Matter Co-Founder to Beyonce:'Welcome to the Movement.'" Rolling Stone, 11 Feb. 2016, www.rollingstone.com/culture/news/black-lives-matter-co-founder-to-beyonce-welcome-to-the-movement-20160211.
Hobson, Janelle. "Feminists Debate Beyoncé." The Beyoncé Effect: Essays on Sexuality, Race, and Feminism, edited by Adrienne Trier-Bieniek, Jefferson, McFarland & Company, 2016, pp. 11-26. ProQuest Ebook Central, ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/nyulibrary-ebooks/detail.action?docID=4586108.
Peterson, Andrea. "Beyoncé Is a Powerful Voice for Black Lives Matter. Some People Hate Her for It."
The Washington Post, 10 July 2016, www.washingtonpost.com/news/arts-and-entertainment/wp/2016/07/10/beyonce-is-a-powerful-voice-for-black-lives-matter-some-people-hate-her-for-it/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.a22e600d660d.

Images:
Beyonce at Super Bowl L. For The Win, USA Today,usatftw.files.wordpress.com/2016/02/usp_nfl__super_bowl_50-carolina_panthers_vs_
denver_79522692.jpg?w=1000.

Beyonce Formation Super Bowl. Breitbart, media.breitbart.com/media/2016/04/beyonce-formation-super-bowl-2016-show-getty-640x480.jpg.

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