Beyoncé references Black Panther Party at Super Bowl halftime show

When Beyoncé took to the field during the Super Bowl 50 halftime show, she apparently had a political message to convey.

Clad in a black leotard with a gold embellished jacket, Beyoncé was flanked by dancers who sported afros and black berets, reportedly in reference to the Black Panther Party. Beyoncé’s outfit was also a nod to Michael Jackson.

At one point during the performance the backup dancers and Beyoncé gave a salute, and they later formed an X formation, which the Twitterverse was quick to declare was a reference to Malcom X.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Black Panther Party.

Many praised Beyonce for her bold statements during the performance.

I love that Beyonce’s dancers are giving us Black Panther chic.

— Touré (@Toure) February 8, 2016

Beyoncé is subtle yet loud with her Black Lives Matter movement

— Chima Onukwuru (@highchief_chima) February 8, 2016

I love that Beyonce used her platform for a political statement. It’s always needed, because it’s too often Black voices go unheard.

— Anyesha V. (@nyshaV) February 8, 2016

And if there was any doubt that Beyoncé’s performance was politically-charged, her dancers were also filmed in a video that was posted on the Black Lives Matter Twitter page shortly after the halftime show.

In the clip, the dancers hold up a sign that reads “Justice 4 Mario Woods.”

.@Beyonce‘s Dancers and band want #JusticeMarioWoods#Last3Percent#SB50pic.twitter.com/D3eKZNgAox

— BLM Bay area (@BLMBAYAREA) February 8, 2016

Woods was shot and killed in San Francisco by police officers on the afternoon of Dec. 2 after he refused commands to drop an 8-inch knife he was carrying.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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