Are you not over Beyoncé and “Formation”? Welcome to the Beyoncé edition of PoC News.
Beyoncé released a music video.
…which she then performed about 24 hours later at the Super Bowl
…which she used as a vehicle to announce her world tour.
Beyoncé IS CONSTANTLY CHANGING THE GAME.
Why does this all matter? Beyoncé is unapologetically celebrating blackness and black women, which has confused and angered some white people. There’s going to be a protest and an anti-protest protest because America.
What does Beyoncé think about all the “Formation” controversy? She just wanted black people to feel “proud and have love for themselves.”
Non-Beyoncé National News
Speaking of #BlackLivesMatter, activist DeRay Mckesson has joined the Baltimore Mayor race.
A Chicago police officer who shot and killed a black teen, is suing the teen’s estate for trauma-related damages.
Mic focuses on Native health and community organizing in their new episode of “The Movement.”
In case you needed a reminder why a lot of women of color, particularly millenial women of color are not flocking to Hillary Clinton’s side like their white counterparts, here’s a reminder. See also: Cornel West‘s speech against Clinton’s ties to the prison-industrial complex.
Voter ID laws also keep many people of color away from the polls.
Melissa Harris-Perry wrote about the violence and fear she encountered at the Iowa Caucuses.
A Federal court invalidated two North Carolina districts for racial gerrymandering.
A 72-year old Army veteran is facing deportation.
Actor and designer Waris Ahuwalia was also kicked off a plane because profiling.
Feministing also gives us some anti-racism education resources.
Happy Lunar New Year for everyone celebrating!
Other Celebrities Not Beyoncé
Missy Elliot also released new music (briefly featured in her Super Bowl spot)
Earth, Wind & Fire’s Maurice White died last week, so here are four live performances to remember him by.
Here’s the latest trailer for the Miles Davis biopic staring Don Cheadle, Miles Ahead.
Eunice Olumide joins Rogue One, which is only adding to my excitement for more Star Wars.
Here are Salma Hayek and Tahir Rahim in a short film featuring the former belly dancing.
In things I didn’t ask for, Jonás Cuarón is making a futuristic Zorro movie.
Ken Watanabe delays his return to The King and I on Broadway due to stomach cancer.
The Coen Brothers join the many dumb celebrities trying to disregard the Oscars’ diversity issues, so maybe they need this whitesplained for them. Meanwhile Ryan Murphy (of all people) is launching a new diversity-driven organization.
Serena Williams built a school in Jamaica.
After Cam Newton was criticized for his post-Super Bowl interview, he spoke out and reminded people that he’s human.
This week we end on UCLA gymnast Sophina DeJesus revitalizing floor exercises.