Beyoncé made a very public statement during last night's Superbowl halftime show.
Her new song “Formation” contains a nod to Black Lives Matter, which is obvious when you see the official video—a child wearing a black hoodie stands in front of police officers, and the words “Stop shooting us” flash across the screen.
But Beyoncé and her dancers weren't just honoring Black Lives Matter.
They were clad in leather and black berets in a nod to the Black Panthers—they even raised their fists.
Beyoncé and her crew and posed for pictures with raised fists before and after the performance:
Their outfits are similar to those that the Black Panthers wore in the 1960s:
Notice the black leather and the black beret:
Their performance also appeared to be an homage to Tommie Smith and John Carlos, who threw up the salute at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City:
Not only that, but the dancers also held up a sign reading “Justice 4 Mario Woods”—a black man who was killed by San Francisco police after resisting arrest in another high profile shooting:
The Black Panther Party was founded by Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale 50 years ago in Oakland, not far from where the Superbowl was held this year.
Beyoncé and her husband Jay-Z have been known to take part in political activism. Jay-Z even recently pledged to donate $1.5 million to the Black Lives Matter movement.