Beyoncé has the kind of star power that shifts conversation, influences culture, and conjures up emotions strong enough to make the Black Panther Party the center of discussion on race relations in America in 2016.
Since the biggest pop star in the world dropped her black power themed video for “Formation,” the Internet has been in a haze of think-piece frenzy. The Super Bowl performance a day later had folks clutching their pearls at her audacity to center blackness. Donned in black berets atop their fluffy ‘fros, Beyoncé’s dancers helped pay homage to the Black Panther Party in honor of its 50th Anniversary. That means 111.9 million viewers heard Beyoncé sing about how much she likes her “Negro nose with Jackson Five nostrils” while watching her all-black female dancers get in an X formation, likely a nod to Malcolm X, and slay the field dressed as the iconic women of the BPP. That has made some people very, very angry.