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Why Celebrity Activists Matter

From the moment Beyoncé walked off the Super Bowl stage, halftime show sticking out of her back pocket after broadcasting black power imagery and black pride lyrics to an audience of 112 million people, the backlash began. From boycotts to criticism from senators and pundits alike, the goal here is to intimidate the pop star into silence because she holds power. But here's the thing; celebrity activists matter. Being an artist does not mean that you cannot speak out about injustice, but critics push that agenda because having a following for your art does mean that people might actually listen when you do.


First there was the Spice Girls reunion at the London Olympics 2012. And then, on Sunday night, in honour of Super Bowl XLVII, Destiny's Child -- yes, Beyonce, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams -- t...