Super Bowl 50 was already bathed in history being the 50th anniversary of America's arguably most popular sport, but speculation arose about the contentof Beyoncé's part in the halftime show after she released her music video, "Formation", the weekend before the big game. Coldplay was the headlining performance, but it was announced that the alternative band would be joined by past Super Bowl performers, Bruno Mars and Beyoncé.

The "Formation" video itself is a southern homage to New Orleans' culture in the wake of the Hurricane Katrina disaster, which claimed thousands of lives and left homes ravaged by flood waters.

It features Beyoncé dressed in a series ofsouthern debutant and dirty south attire complete with wedding umbrellas and all. In the video she proudly proclaims:

"My daddy Alabama, Momma Louisiana"

" You mix that Negro with a Creole make a Texas Bama"

These lyrics coincide with imagery of underwater New Orleans houses and the singerposing atop a halfway submerged police car.

Flash forward to Super Bowl 50 and you have a performance that is part tribute to past Super Bowl halftime performances, part celebration and part call for world peace. Coldplay opened the show with hits like "Viva La Vida" and "Paradise" and then kicked it over to Bruno Mars and a heavily danced, "Uptown Funk". Then Beyoncé and her ladies got in "Formation" and danced to her latest jam.

Beyoncé was clad in a black bodysuit, reminiscent of her 2013 Super Bowl performance. This time she adorned it with double breasted ammo much like Michael Jackson did in his 1993 halftime show. Images ofJackson's iconic performance flashed on the stage as Coldplay sang their hit "Fix You." The lyrics to "Formation" even paid tribute to Jackson:"I like my Negro nose with Jackson 5 nostrils"

This would have been enough of a statement except that before Beyoncé's 2015 performance, her dancersposteda pictureto Twitter with the ladies sitting in formation complete with black power fists in the air and berets covering their hair in an homage to the Black Panthers formation in 1966.

Former New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani took issue with this stance in an interview with Fox News on Monday.

"This is football, not Hollywood and I thought it was really outrageous that she used it as a platform to attack police officers who are the people who protect her and protect us and keep us alive," said Giuliani.

Maybe if former mayor Giuliani had listened to the lyrics of the song, he would get a clearer idea as to what the song was about. There's not much content as to black power. Just some references to the illuminati and hot sauce. That's right, hot sauce because nothing is more empowering to black people than calling out a stereotypical condiment that black people like to put on food.

"I got hot sauce in my bag, swag."

Then, of course, there are the references to Beyoncé taking out her man to Red Lobster after sex. None of that says black power even though the video flashes images of a young boy in the "hands up, don't shoot" pose in front of a line of heavily armored police.The only thing that is clear at this point is that "Formation" will be used in any way that financially benefits Beyoncé and gets her more airplay.

Whether it's seen as an homage to southern pride, a tribute to the "Black Lives Matter" movement, whichhas put black people and policemen at odds, or a slight nudge to Michael Jackson's legacy remains to be seen.

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