Beyonce’s Super Bowl performance of ‘Formation’ came with both those who loved it and those who thought it was too political.

Ilyasah Shabazz, the daughter of the great Malcolm X, found Beyonce’s performance to be boldly political and necessary to today.

During her visit to Brentwood High School on Monday, Shabazz closed out her address and Black History Month by telling students the importance of social activism and the power in unity.

She also gave Bey props for not only using the Super Bowl as a platform on which to stand for her political agenda, but also for fearlessly acknowledging the historical significance and lasting impression left by her father and the Black Panthers.


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“Because [my father] was challenging historical injustices, they portrayed him into someone that he wasn’t … I noticed the background dancers were all African American wearing their hair naturally and I thought that was very beautiful.”

Revealing to students that the key to unlocking their power and potential is education, Ilyasah encouraged the students to find their voice and to not be afraid to lose it !

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About The Author Samantha Callender

Samantha Callender is a multimedia journalist whose work ranges from entertainment journalism to pieces highlighting social issues in multicultural communities. Samantha strives to find intersects between entertainment and social matters, believing that pop culture has the power to not only entertain the masses, but to educate them as well. Her goal when storytelling is to write pieces that serve as a catalyst to prompt dialogue and activism. Her work can be seen on VIBE, The Source, Jet Magazine, The Root, and Cosmopolitan Magazine.

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