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A 'Boy, Bye' To All Beyoncé Protests #ConvosWithCecilia

This evening, Houston’s prodigal daughter, Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter, will return to the city for her sold-out Formation World Tour. While thousands of Houstonians are getting ready for the wildly anticipated show, there are others not so enamored with Beyoncé, including a portion of law enforcement who argue that the singer’s Super Bowl performance and visuals from her “Formation” single carried an “anti-police” theme.

Despite selling out stops across the country, the Lemonade singer has faced protests from small pockets of law officials over the tour. Even on night one in Miami, the Miami Fraternal Order of Police planned their own protest ahead of a February letter criticizing her Super Bowl performance. Here in Houston, the Coalition of Police and Sheriffs have reportedly planned a silent protest ahead of tonight’s show.

As the saying goes, a hit dog will holler. To be clear, members of law enforcement are instrumental to society, incredibly underpaid for the levels of danger they face each day. Which is why officers who abuse their power while hiding behind the blue shield are so vehemently opposed by many. “Formation” was a condemnation of police brutality through creative art. So it stands to reason that those truly in favor of revealing the “bad apples” in their ranks would support eradicating them from the profession.

Speaking with Elle Magazine in April Beyoncé explained, “I have so much admiration and respect for officers and the families of officers who sacrifice themselves to keep us safe. But let’s be clear: I am against police brutality and injustice.”

Those that accused the singer of using the mothers of Trayvon Martin, Mike Brown and Tamir Rice to “sell records” (talking to you there, Piers Morgan) made no mention of the fact that both her and husband Jay-Z have been quietly funding various philanthropic endeavors and causes behind the scenes, including providing bail to protesters during last year’s Baltimore Uprising. Facing criticism that her new material has been more racially charged, the fact remains that she has always been a Black woman. Nor will she apologize for it. In truth, it was her talent that transcended the box that urban artists are often placed in, allowing her to soar into superstar territory.

Whether card carrying beehive member, casual fan or even a detractor, it’s hard to argue that the woman isn’t on top of her game. As she sings in “Formation”, “You know you’re that bitch when you cause all that conversation.” She just may have a point. But what do I know? I’m just a writer that told Sallie Mae I died and to collect the invoice from Jesus. Bandit signing out.

Read the full story at Dayandadream.com - May 2016

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