Beyonce holds minute of silence for police brutality victims.
Since taking control of her career in 2011, Beyonce has become increasingly political in both her music and personal life. She and husband Jay Z have donated to several Black Lives Matter causes in recent years, and both attended a rally for Trayvon Martin in 2013. Her 2013 music video for Superpower sees her fronting a protest that ends in peace and her 2016 video for Freedom featured the mothers of Martin, Eric Garner and Michael Brown. Beyonce began 2016 by bringing her black empowerment anthem 'Formation' to the Superbowl and the video featuring a young boy dancing for police with their hands raised caused several police boycotts across the country. Beyonce's political actions have been a reflection of, and a response to, the chaotic ongoing issue of police brutality and gun control in the United States.
As a Dallas protest ends in further tragedy tonight, and just hours after she crashed a congressional website by urging fans on Instagram to contact their representatives, Beyonce took a moment from her latest UK concert to acknowledge the lives lost to police brutality in the US this year (604 so far). The 34-year-old held a minute's silence as the names of hundreds of victims were projected on the gigantic LED cube that centers her concert stage.
She then performed an acapella version of her Lemonade track 'Freedom' which she recently performed at the BET Awards with feature artist Kendrick Lamar.
Take a look:
— Beyoncé Australia (@BeyonceAUS) July 8, 2016
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