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Malcolm X’s daughter praises Beyonce Super Bowl act

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Monday, February 29, 2016, 5:38 PM

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Shabazz addressed more than 300 ninth-graders at Brentwood High School with a positive message to “recognize the power they possess as young people.”

The daughter of slain civil rights leader Malcolm X hailed Beyoncé’s tribute to her father during the Super Bowl and said she was stunned some saw the performance as anti-police.

“All she said was stop shooting us,” Ilyasah Shabazz, 53, told the Daily News after speaking with a group of Long Island teens at a Black History Month event on Monday. “She entertained us with a purpose.”

Shabazz compared Beyoncé’s performance to Lady Gaga’s Sunday night Oscars tribute to rape survivors.

“Lady Gaga was standing up as a victim of rape — her performance was for all the survivors and to empower people,” Shabazz said. “There shouldn’t be an uproar because Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar say ‘Stop shooting us’.

At first Shabazz said she didn’t recognize the costumes donned by Beyoncé and her backup singers during the halftime show as a tribute to the Black Panthers.

“I noticed the background dancers were all African American wearing their hair naturally and I thought that was very beautiful,” she said.

Beyoncé and her dancers spelled out X in formation on the football field.

Shabazz addressed more than 300 ninth-graders at Brentwood High School with a positive message to “recognize the power they possess as young people.”

“Their role right now is to get the best education that they can,” Shabazz said. “Each one of them have a voice and we are ready to hear it.”


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