Beyoncé Releases Formation

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.


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