Beyonce issued a strong political statement with her halftime show at Super Bowl 50 tonight with backing dancers dressed as members of armed rights group the Black Panthers.
The superstar brought the dancers on for her new single Formation which is being widely touted as a rallying cry for the Black Lives Matter movement.
At one point during the song, the supporting performers formed an ‘X’ on the field – thought to reference black rights campaigner Malcolm X.

Beyonce was widely expected to make a political statement during the halftime show which was headlined by Coldplay and also featured Bruno Mars.
Anticipation had been building for her performance after she unexpectedly dropped the music video for the song yesterday.
The video, the most political Beyonce has released, showed scenes of white police lining up against a black teenager and graffiti that reads ‘stop shooting us’.
Another part of the video shows Beyonce in a flooded New Orleans, recalling scenes after Hurricane Katrina in which George Bush was accused of ‘not caring about black people’ by rapper Kanye West after relief was slow in reaching the area.
Within minutes of the video’s release, Twitter was awash with reactions to the fiercely political lyrics and scenes – and a cameo role from the singer’s four-year-old daughter with Jay Z, Blue Ivy.
Following her Super Bowl performance tonight Twitter was again filled with people supporting Beyonce, claiming she had given a ‘history lesson’ to viewers.
The Black Panthers were an infamous armed group that was founded in Oakland in 1966, close to where the Super Bowl is being played this evening, and operated during the Sixties and Seventies.
The group, once dubbed ‘the greatest threat to the internal security of the country’ by President J Edgar Hoover, was formed in 1966 to combat oppression of black people in the U.S.