After receiving a lot of backlash from her Super Bowl performance, along with her Afro-centric video for her new single “Formation”, Beyoncé is getting some high-profile support from the head of the Nation of Islam, Minister Louis Farrakhan.
Minister Farrakhan mentioned Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar in a sermon he gave Sunday. Saying if the police won’t offer her security, the FOI will. The FOI, also known as the Fruit Of Islam, is a private security force within the Nation Of Islam.
Farrakhan said during his sermon that “she started talking that black stuff … and white folks (said), ‘We don’t know how to deal with that’.”
“But when one of us shows some independence, look how you treating Beyoncé now,” he said. “You gonna picket. You not going to offer her police protection? But the (Fruit of Islam, the security branch of this organization) will.”
The Minister also mentioned rapper Kendrick Lamar, whose politically charged Grammys’ performance last week was all about black pride. Saying, “Kendrick Lamar, set a new standard. He freed rappers to come on up. He’s the boss.”
“We say to the hip-hop community, to our cultural giants, say what you feel” Farrakhan said to the cheers of his audience. “Put it out there with strength. They allowed you to call your women bitches and whores, now put it out there how you love your black selves and you want to see black people free. We’ll back you up.”