Beyoncé was back at it again with the surprise performances this weekend, opening the 2016 BET Awards with a storming rendition of Freedom with Kendrick Lamar. Seriously, she is NOT messing around – and here’s why. 


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The Song
After Formation, Freedom is one of Lemonade’s most anthemic tracks, and a rallying cry for African American and black empowerment. Tackling systemic racism and racial injustice head on, Freedom is so much more than something to belt out in the shower. As Bey sings, ‘Freedom! Freedom! I can't move/ Freedom, cut me loose! Freedom! Freedom! Where are you?/ Cause I need freedom too /I break chains all by myself/ Won't let my freedom rot in hell/ Hey! I'ma keep running/ Cause a winner don't quit on themselves’.

The Collaborator
Who better to call up for Freedom than Kendrick Lamar, the boundary-smashing rapper with a political point of view? Kendrick appeared through the stage floor to debut a brand new verse for the track, before storming the stage with Queen Bey. If this didn’t move you, I don’t know what will.    

The Set
Speaking of the stage, Beyoncé and her backing dancers splashed through a water-drenched stage backlit by flames. We’re talking fierce, ferocious dance moves to hammer home the powerful message of Freedom. Don’t try this at home.

The Dancers
Of course, Bey brought out her troupe of backup dancers, clad in sheer patterned bodysuits with reflective strips. To be honest, it was more about disturbing the stage-lake Kanye style than what they were wearing.  


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The Costume
But if we ARE talking about clothes, Beyoncé looked like a freedom-fighting bird with her fringed black bodysuit, spreading out her arms like wings. They Beyhive will always flock to their queen.

The Meaning
I think the message here is pretty clear – Beyoncé, Kendrick and the black, Asian and minority ethnic communities (as well as a huge amount of white communities) are tired of racial oppression across the world. It’s time for this to stop and give minorities what they deserve - #FREEDOM.

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