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.

Black Girls Rock

  • Yb

    Beyonce released a beautiful statement and was very happy to see all the beautiful, talented black women performing. Beyonce, Destiny’s Child, and Jennifer Hudson gave great performances.

    Sadly, so many people have such personal issues with Beyonce that they will some fault, and something negative about her uplifting statement.

  • Yb

    and *I* was very happy

  • politicallyincorrect

    It would have amazing if this was done in the 90s. Can you imagine if Whitney, Mariah and Janet did the superbowl at once

  • Elizabeth

    She should have released the statement after the inaugural. Also, she referred to the women as African-American and not “black” which I applaud her for as we are more than a color. Why did Clutch, use the word “black” to describe women of color…I have a problem with you not her staement other than it was not timely.

  • Ms. Information

    That was sweet of Beyonce…and finally all of the people not calling her black can have a seat somewhere.

  • Yb

    Right!?! All the racial hatred she is receiving also shows how black other people see her.

  • b

    Destiny’s child and Jhud did their thing but I’m sorry, I STILL view Alicia Keys as a home wrecking smut. Nothing classy about her!

  • Pseudonym

    yES! The Beyonce hate is so real! It’s all over my fb minifeed. Craziness how so many people are so anti-Beyonce. Even if you don’t like her music, there’s no need for all the venom.

  • JN

    I think the camaraderie is great, I just think it feels out of place…at the Superbowl…watched by BOTH men and women across the US. I really thought she was going to include at least one male performer, esp. an older one. Black female pride is great but the audience is so large that if she catered to the crowd in that fashion, I think she would win over more people and it would have had a more inclusive feel to it.

  • Pseudonym

    I think it’s subjective. I prefer “black American” and always use it when writing papers b/c black Americans can be many generations rooted in the U.S., from the Caribbean, from Africa, or even other places and- over time- the decedents of most immigrant black groups assimilate into one culture that is not Caribbean or African, but it’s own special thing. It even includes those of mixed race, depending on where you are and who you’re talking to. Also, I like the nationality of “American” (though I actually prefer “USA”). Black Americans are not recent arrivals from some other continent; as far as the USA is concerned, we are just as much from this country as white (non-recently immigrated) Americans.

    If you prefer African-American, that’s cool, but I don’t think Clutch’s use of “black” is something to get upset about. I like being black. Actually, I LOVE being black. It’s the deepest color that exists and can never be muted. It’s beautiful. It’s amazing. It’s nothing to be ashamed of or fight against, IMO.

  • Schicka

    They all ROCKED it out….I was proud of them all!

  • Chillyroad

    They will start with her grammar.

  • ASK_ME

    2012-2013 Have been great for black women across the board! Y’all forgot to add that Zoe Saldana was in MULTIPLE super bowl commercials!!!!

  • LemonNLime

    Not everyone likes the term “African American”. If using a descriptor, I personally prefer Black American because I am an American who is black. I don’t hold citizenship from any African country, therefore I’m not “African” anything.

  • Chelley5483

    @ Ask_Me
    “2012-2013 Have been great for black women across the board!”

    AGREED! Seriously! There is something quite beautiful going on with black women these days. Loving it.

  • Well Informed

    So this racism was proud and historic? Not one white professional entertainer was chosen.

  • Well Informed

    That would have been so racist. Imagine if Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood and Martina Mcbride all performed. It would be called the most racist choices ever.

  • Well Informed

    It was racist because she wasn’t inclusive of other races and she capitalized african american to emphasize her perceived superiority.

  • politicallyincorrect

    I would have loved it, just replace Martina with Miranda Lambert and it would totally slay. It wasn’t about race its about have 3 acts that all totally slay

  • Yb


    Stay mad little girl. Beyonce doesn’t owe women of other races a damn thing. If she makes you feel inferior because she capitalizes the letter “A” then you can kick rocks and continue to swim in the pool of your insecurities.

    And FYI she has non black singers, production workers and member of her bad. Get a clue.

  • leelah

    I do believe a couple of years ago country music took the spotlight. Faith Hill, Tim Mcgraw, Necole Kidman’s husband all performed. Not a black performer on the stage and nobody had a problem with it. What about all the other white performers that have performed in superbowl history? sorry there’s not a lack of white representation at this event.

  • Apple

    Go die In a river

  • Tee
  • Yb


    The basic is strong in you.

    What does a black woman painting her self a darker shade brown have to do with people finding fault in her say something postive about black women?

  • kami



    I agree.

  • Green Giant


    Oh really? Then I hope you don’t wear weaves or perm and straighten your hair…

  • Pseudonym

    Well, since you asked, I don’t wear weaves or straighten my hair with chemicals- not that it matters. I don’t measure black women’s beauty by white European (or any non-black) beauty standards and I don’t like trolls on the Internet.

  • AJW

    That was a nice letter. Glad to see all the ladies support each other like that.

  • Green Giant

    So because I made a comment you feel defensive towards, I’m automatically a troll? Doesn’t make sense.

  • binks

    Agreed! I think this was a great statement, at the end of the day no matter how you felt about the Super Bowl or the half time show performance history was made with these women so I will give all of them their props they so rightly deserve.

  • The Other Jess

    Awww shutup, Ms. NOT Well Informed.

  • Rue

    I hate to be that person, but black women have long been valued for their entertainment and ging abilities. It is the educational aspects we have to make gains in.

  • GlowBelle

    As much as I have my criticisms of Beyonce, she is right, last night was pretty much a celebration of Black women, like Black Girls Rock in overdrive…and long overdue it is. I do agree that we could be honored and acknowledged more in other areas outside of entertainment, but I’ll take this for right now, baby steps.

    Also I like how they all supported each other showing that sisterhood is alive and real!

  • Eme

    Sooo, people can’t have an opinion on her that might be the opposite of yours?

    I swear, the way some people go hard for someone who doesn’t know/care whether you are dead or alive is ridiculous.

  • Deb

    I think people are just tired of seeing her everywhere (especially when the Beyonce machine is in motion GOOD LORD) and on top of that people that are into Beyonce practically WORSHIP her and it’s not hard to think that she doesn’t warrant so much idol worship.

    Anyway, I’m not a fan of Beyonce but I was thinking the same thing Beyonce wrote. Alicia and Jennifer looked beautiful and classy in particular. They all did a good job.

  • Lila

    I love (I’m not being sarcastic or snarky) how she couldn’t figure out how to spell phenomenal so she made the “e” into an i/e hybrid. As a teacher, I do that all the time.

  • Ms. Information

    We don’t all hate

  • WOW

    I cannot believe that you received so many thumbs down just for stating a harmless opinion. When I clicked to see your hidden comment, I thought it would be more of a negative comment. Now I understand that whenever someone takes the “spotlight” away from black women, all the while choosing not to kiss their behinds, agree with EVERYTHING they say, and make them feel any less special then they think they are, they will give you a thumbs down lol. What a group of immature, insecure women. SMH

  • Tee

    Let’s see
    Black woman paints her face dark and puts Bones around her neck to represent Africa for a euro mag…….normal people give her side eye on anything to do with black pride,
    I know you want to pretend it’s all a dream, but as beyonce says it’s a beautiful nightmare. Lol.
    How about her comment that racism with end when we all are mixed,
    I guess us run of the mill blacks are up shit creek.

    Btw according to loreal
    She’s Native American and French.

    Sorry I am not in to fake black pride like you and beyaki,

  • Stupid Assumption

    In case you are too basic to comprehend English it is grammatically correct to Capitalize an ethnicity African American is an ethnicity so stay mad…take a seat and don’t assume anything you cannot substantiate.

  • loopy

    I’m so glad someone else noticed that!!!

  • The Other Jess

    Yay Beyonce! I admit, I’m a definite fan! I’m glad she gave a shout out in pride of Black women. And her Super Bowl performance was awesome! Glad to see some talented and beautiful Black girls doing their thing at one of the most-watched sporting events in America!

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  • Mademoiselle

    That’s why I like cursive… all the letters are implied :)

  • Barbara Book

    Alicia Keys sang the Star Spangled Banner too slow!

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