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Beyonce’s halftime performance last night featured backup dancers dressed as Black Panthers. Now, for those of us who had already seen her unapologetically Black “Formation” video on Saturday, this wasn’t really a surprise.

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The video dropped 6 days into Black History Month, the day after what would have been Trayvon Martin’s 21st birthday, features a wall scrawled with the words “stop killing us” and shows a child in a hoodie dancing in front of police. She also referencences how she likes her baby’s hair in an Afro and how she loves her Negro’s nose with the Jackson 5 nostrils.

So, the appearance of dancers dressed as Black Panthers wasn’t a shock. And it wasn’t a coincidence that Beyonce’s Black Panther dancers were at Super Bowl 50 just fifty years after the group was founded approximately 50 miles away from where the game was being played. Oh, and don’t forget that Jay Z’s Tidal donated $1.5 million to Black Lives Matter and other social justice groups last week.

And there was this:

But it looks like mainstream America is not here for this Black Beyonce. They prefer her singing about “Single Ladies” and such. Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani had to weigh in with his pals at Fox News this morning.


And there was this:

However, others absolutely loved it!