by Michael Imhotep, TheMichaelImhotepShow.com
Thursday, February 25th, 2016, 12:53PM EST
We reported last week that Beyonce has gotten a lot of people talking about her Super Bowl 50 halftime performance of her song “Formation”, Sunday, Feb. 7th. The performance had a Black Panther, Black Lives Matter and Malcolm X theme.
Regardless of who won the game Beyonce has been the big winner from Super Bowl 50. She has drawn praise and criticism for her halftime performance of her new song “Formation” because of its Black Panther, Black Lives Matter, Malcolm X inspired theme. She has drawn both praise and criticism for the past week. Former Mayor of New York Rudy Giuliani showed his ignorance once again on Fox News calling her performance an attack on police while Ilyasah Shabazz, daughter of Malcolm X said she ‘absolutely loved’ Beyonce’s performance and tribute to her father. Her new song and video have been called “Unapologetically Black”.
Since this performance, you have had various police unions stating that their officers would not provide police protection for Beyonce during concerts unless she apologized. Apologize for what? On Thursday, Feb. 18th, in a statement, Javier Ortiz, president of the Miami Fraternal Order of Police, accused Beyonce of using her recent Super Bowl performance “to divide Americans by promoting the Black Panthers and her antipolice message.”, CNN reports. He and the Miami Police Union are asking law enforcement agencies across the country to boycott her concert that is supposed to start on April 26th, 2016 at Miami Marlins Stadium.
There was a Tennessee sheriff named Robert Arnold who is blaming Beyoncé’s Super Bowl performance for a drive-by shooting outside of his home and the deaths of seven police officers. There were 5 police officers killed across the country over a 4 day period from Feb. 7th-Feb. 11th. None of these police killings have actually been linked to Beyonce’s performance. Sheriff Arnold is also under FBI investigation for selling e-cigarettes to prisoners.
On Sunday, Feb. 21st, Min. Louis Farrakhan of The Nation of Islam gave his annual Saviour’s Day address in Detroit, MI. He addressed the Beyonce controversy and also talked about Hip-Hop artist Kendrick Lamar’s Grammy performance where he performed wearing a prisoner uniform and shackles.
Addressing critical comments from “conservative blowhard Rudolph Giuliani” and police groups who said officers would protest her appearances because they were unhappy with her message and would not provide security for her, the Minister had a solution.
“You’re not going to offer her police protection? But the F.O.I. will!” said the Minister as the audience leapt to their feet and cheered. The F.O.I., or the Fruit of Islam, is the name given to the military training of the men who belong to Islam in North America and who have legendary reputation for discipline and security.
“We say to the hip hop community and to our cultural giants—say what you feel! Put it out there with strength. They allowed you to call your women ‘bitches’ and ‘whores.’ Now put it out there that you love your Black self and you want to see your people free! Put it out there and we will back you up!”
“Now when the rappers are free to say it like it is,” the Minister continued, “the cultural revolution is on!”
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