It’s been weeks since Beyoncé and her bevy of gorgeous dancers lit up the Super Bowl halftime show, but folks are still talking about it.
While some have accused the singer of being anti-police, others have thanked Bey for being unapologetically Black on such a large stage.
Recently, Malcolm X’s daughter, Ilyasah Shabazz, spoke to a group of high schoolers in Long Island, NY, and she had some kind words for the “Formation” singer.
“Because [my father] was challenging historical injustices, they portrayed him into someone that he wasn’t,” Shabazz said before shouting out Bey for her performance.
“All she said was stop shooting us,” Shabazz explained, noting Bey wasn’t dissing police in her new song. “She entertained us with a purpose.”
— ILYASAH AL-SHABAZZ (@ilyasahShabazz) February 12, 2016
Shabazz shared a few more thoughts with the New York Daily News after encouraging the students to get active and make their voice heard.
“I noticed the background dancers were all African American wearing their hair naturally and I thought that was very beautiful,” she said.
Shabazz compared the criticism over Beyonce’s halftime show to the praise Lady Gaga’s Oscar performance received, highlighting its difference.
“Lady Gaga was standing up as a victim of rape — her performance was for all the survivors and to empower people,” she said. “There shouldn’t be an uproar because Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar say ‘Stop shooting us’.”