THE BEYONCE BOWL
Though I did not get to watch the Super Bowl this year as my power went out, I did have a conversation with a good friend of mine about Beyoncé's halftime performance. She told me about how pro-black it was and about the 50th anniversary of the Black Panther's formation. It struck me that this was not being celebrated, that most people, including myself, probably did not even know this was going on because we were so focused on the Super Bowl that recognizes and awards men.
During one section of her halftime show, she and all 50 of her dancers were dressed in an outfit representing the Black Panthers uniform. They marched down part of the field while Beyoncé led the formation and paid homage to their formation that nobody was paying attention to. This performance was incredibly important in promoting a pro-black stance if only for a few minutes. 50 years ago, the Black Panther Party (for Self Defense) was created in Oakland, California and was one of the greatest efforts by Blacks to fight for freedom in the United States.
Her entire entourage of back up dancers was black, which is not something that many famous artists can say. All of the instrumental performers on stage were also women, for example there was a guitar solo played completely by a female. Nine times out of ten when people are referring to any type of instrumental artist, their minds automatically associate men to instruments of most genres.
While her performance was extremely powerful in so many ways, I cannot discount the sexualization of not only Beyoncé, but all of her dancers as well. Even while making a statement about the Black Panthers, not even a minute into the performance, they were twerking. Their outfits were short and incredibly tight. So the question becomes: why do all female performers have to wear short and tight clothing while dancing sexually all over the stage in order to be praised?