M.I.A. Says Beyonce's Solidarity With #BlackLivesMatter Is "Not A New Thing To Me"

M.I.A. Says Beyonce's Solidarity With #BlackLivesMatter Is "Not A New Thing To Me"

She actually makes a good point.

Published April 21st

Beyoncé isn’t the first musician to incorporate Black power into her music, however when she does anything, it gets the attention of everyone.

Her recent song and video for “Formation” relayed the most political message Queen Bey’s ever released, and it’s had it’s critics. While mostly white conservatives and others, who believe the 1950s were the best times for everyone obviously had their vile to spit, a critic – perhaps from Beyonce’s left – had a few things to say.

M.I.A. recently spoke with ES Magazine and told them that the Bey single is certainly not the debuting of politics in Black music.

"It's interesting that in America the problem you're allowed to talk about is Black Lives Matter," she said in reference to being asked about “Formation.” "It's not a new thing to me – it's what Lauryn Hill was saying in the 1990s, or Public Enemy in the 1980s. Is Beyoncé​ or Kendrick Lamar going to say Muslim Lives Matter? Or Syrian Lives Matter? Or this kid in Pakistan matters? That's a more interesting question.

"And you cannot ask it on a song that's on Apple, you cannot ask it on an American TV program, you cannot create a tag on Twitter, Michelle Obama isn't going to hump you back," she continued.

M.I.A., a native of Sri Lanka who moved from the island as a child due to a brutal civil war, does bring up a point. While #BlackLivesMatter shouldn’t be looked at as trendy, there are plenty of other causes to fight for when it comes to civil rights. What do you think? Leave a comment below and read M.I.A.’s full interview with ES Magazine here.

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Written by Paul Meara

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