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Beyoncé’s Black Lives Matter Tribute Defies the Laws of Celebrity Activism

It’s becoming a tradition that the Super Bowl halftime show generates orders of magnitude more discussion than the game itself; this year, thankfully, there was something more substantive to discuss than the unknown identity of a surprisingly uncoordinated shark.

This time the big news was Beyoncé utterly stealing the show from Coldplay as the “special guest” with a performance that simultaneously paid homage to Michael Jackson and evoked the Black Panthers, making millions of people who’d slept through the release of “Formation” earlier that weekend aware of the song and of the video, which visually references Hurricane Katrina and the #BlackLivesMatter movement.

The fact that Beyoncé is on the side of #BlackLivesMatter activists isn’t really news, considering her and her husband Jay Z’s past donations to bail out activists in Ferguson and Baltimore and their streaming site Tidal donating $1.5 million to the movement this weekend.

Read the full article at The Daily Beast