Beyoncé isn't done making waves yet.
Beyoncé stunned everyone at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, and not just because her medley performance of “Lemonade” was amazing.
The singer, who took home 5 VMAs, made a quiet but powerful political statement in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, beginning on the red carpet and trailing into the white carpet.
Accompanying her during her grand entrance were the mothers of four black men killed by law enforcement officials and one neighborhood watchman.
The mothers of Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Michael Brown, and Oscar Grant III were all present to make a statement about never forgetting those who met their untimely death at the hands of people with racially-charged motives that were never punished. The deaths of these individuals over the last 7 years are largely what sparked the Black Lives Matter movement and their mothers continue wielding the torch for racial equity today.
Beyoncé walked the carpet with these mothers, as well as her own daughter Blue Ivy, two young girls signed to her label, and a model, which were all featured in her music video “Lemonade.” Her husband, Jay-Z, did not seem to be present on the red carpet nor at the show, and this was perhaps to keep the focus on Beyoncé’s guests.
Of course, this isn’t the first time the Grammy-winner has made waves with her involvement in racial issues. Her performance at the Super Bowl earlier this year caused a huge controversy over her use of Black Panther costumes on her dancers and the black power salute they gave.
Her song “Formation,” which appears in her album “Lemonade,” is filled with references to social injustice and reclaims some of the negative words thrown around with racial issues. She digs deep into her African-American roots and owns it in an effort to empower others to own their racial background as well.
At the VMAs, when Beyoncé took the stage to receive her awards, she didn’t explicitly talk about the BLM mothers nor make any political statements, but she did end her performance with “Formation” as an homage to her intentions.
Without saying a word about it, Beyoncé lent her fame to the BLM movement to show her support and boost awareness in a classy but effective way. Anyone that doubted that she was still in-tune with the movement now has their answer.
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