Black Freedom Movement

Beyoncé, James Brown and Black Movements

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

Beyoncé has wowed her public again with the YouTube and Superbowl versions of “Formation” – but it’s really all about capital formation. “Beyoncé wants to be perceived as being down with the new movement” – the same motivation that led James Brown to release “Say It Loud, I’m Black and I’m Proud,” in 1968. Neither artist is the least bit radical, but both “know how to ride the waves of popular culture” and to masquerade as change-makers.

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