After Beyonce and her dancers performed during the Super Bowl halftime show with Coldplay and Bruno Mars, her dancers held up signs supporting Mario Woods, a 26-year-old black man who was fatally shot by San Francisco police in December.
Beyonce’s dancers, who were dressed in garb reminiscent of the Black Panthers, held up a sign for the cameras after the performance that said, “Justice 4 Mario Woods.”
Woods was fatally shot 15 times by police on Dec. 2 after reportedly stabbing another man in the arm in the Bayview. Woods shooting was caught on video and has been likened by many as what looked to be an execution by firing squad.
Beyonce had performed a new song called “Formation,” which addresses the #BlackLivesMatter movement.
Super Bowl ads run the gamut
From a strange creature called “Puppymonkeybaby” to a tear inducing Audi ad, Super Bowl ads ran the gamut this year from offbeat humor to heartfelt messages.
On advertising’s biggest night, Chrysler celebrated Jeep with an ad filled featuring black-and-white portraits of veterans, kids and pop icons. In Audi’s spot, a depressed aging astronaut remembers his joy for life by driving an Audi sports car with his son. And in a quirky Doritos ad, a fetus in a sonogram appears to rocket out of the womb to chase a bag of chips the mother angrily tossed away.
The goal for advertisers: to stand out and win over the 114 million-plus people watching the big game on Super Bowl Sunday. With ads costing a record $5 million for 30 seconds this year, the stakes are high to stand out from the 40-plus advertisers and be remembered.
Flea feels the Bern
It’s been a busy weekend mixed with football and politics for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and bassist Flea wouldn’t have it any other way.
“I’m always ready to play my heart out,” Flea said backstage on Saturday night before the band took the stage at a San Francisco venue as part of the Super Bowl weekend festivities.
The show was part of the Direct TV Super Saturday concert series. Run DMC opened for them at the Pier 70 stage, and then Snoop Dogg played DJ in between.
It was the band’s second night in a row, and they’re not even on tour yet.
“Last night, we played for Bernie Sanders. That was really cool,” Flea said of their “Feel the Bern” concert in Los Angeles for the presidential candidate.
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