Beyond Beyoncé: Politics of a pop-culture icon

She is the artist who has launched a thousand thinkpieces. Everything that Beyoncé does is extensively critiqued. Her songs and their accompanying videos, her tours, outfits and statements have become “events”: not just because of the media and public attention they generate, but also because of their function in black women’s lives.

Beyoncé speaks of in it her new song Formation: never before has one artist generated “all this conversation”. Never before has one artist been such a point of scrutiny, a kind of Rorschach test for people’s beliefs as they demonstrate their thinking and politics through her.

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Image – Beyoncé and her Black Panthers during the Super Bowl 50 performance on February 7 2016. (USA Today Sport / Reuters)