Beyonce Declares Super Bowl Performance 'A Proud Day For African American Women'

Dan Joseph
By Dan Joseph | February 5, 2013 | 9:11 AM EST

Following her extravagant Super Bowl halftime performance-which some are speculating may have led to the 30 minute power outage that followed-Beyonce Knowles posted a handwritten note to Instagram thanking the members of her former band, Destiny's Child and exclaiming:

"What a proud day for African American women!"

The same message from Beyonce was posted on a Beyonce website.

While the Super Bowl is always a huge event throughout the world, it is unclear as to why Ms. Knowles believed her performance marked a big step forward for female members of her race.

Particularly since Beyonce was hardly the first African American female musician to have a starring role at the Super Bowl.

Whitney Houston sang the Star Spangled Banner to rave reviews at Super Bowl XXV in 1991.  Janet Jackson headlined the Super Bowl Halftime Celebration at Super Bowl XXXVIII in 2004 during a performance that was marred by her now infamous "wardrobe malfunction."

In fact, African American women have had starring roles in the Super Bowl halftime show going all the way back to Super Bowl VI in 1972 where Jazz Legend Ella Fitzgerald performed.

Other notable African American females who have performed during the Super Bowl include Patti LaBelle, Diana Ross, Chaka Khan, Nicki Minaj, Natalie Cole, Vanessa Williams, Aretha Franklin and Jennifer Hudson.

This makes it somewhat confusing that Beyonce would proclaim this particular Super Bowl such a "proud day" when it would appear that Knowles and her band mates did not blaze any particularly overgrown trails when it came to racial and gender equality, during America's most popular sporting event.

One has to wonder what drove Knowles to bring race into something as trivial as a Super Bowl performance, particularly when African American women have been a mainstay in the show for over four decades.

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