Last night was not only a historical moment in American football history — it was also an iconic one for black women in general.
The 2013 Superbowl notably featured several artists of color with tremendous talent. Jennifer Hudson emphatically opened the game singing “America the Beautiful” with the Sandy Hook Elementary School chorus while Alicia Keyes sang the Star Spangled Banner live while playing the piano. Fans nationwide waited eagerly for a Beyoncé’s mind-blowing halftime performance, which featured Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams, Queen Bey’s former Destiny Child bandmates — in style. The time couldn’t have been better: two weeks after President Barack Obama’s inauguration and the dawn of Black History Month, America got to see how far black women have come.
It wasn’t just about Beyoncé headlining the halftime show or performing at during one of the largest moments of her musical career — it was about the outstanding union and camaraderie that was displayed throughout the event. Kelly and Michelle’s support of Beyoncé by singing their own rendition of “Single Ladies” was the epitome of sisterhood, while Jennifer Hudson’s heartfelt opening (along with the ironic similarity of her own tragic loss to gun violence) exemplified the internal strength and grace that exists within the African-American female’s heart. Even Queen Bey co-signed on the fact that last night was a memorable one for women of color:
“What a proud day for African-American women!!!!” she writes in a note posted on her Tumblr blog. “Kelly Michelle, Alicia, JHud — You are all beautiful, talented and showed so much class! It was an honor to perform at the Superbowl with you phenomenal ladies.”
By banding together while maintaining their unique lyrical styles, each African-American female performer at the Superbowl represented the future of what black sisterhood should look like: uplifting as we climb and sharing the glory of success selflessly and together.
Black girls truly do rock.