Queen Beyoncé manages to be everywhere at once. While she and her husband watched Serena Williams win her 22nd Grand Slam at Wimbledon on Saturday (July 9), the heartfelt messages she posted to honor the lives lost in this past week were having great effect.
Her letter titled "Freedom," posted after the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, included a link for readers to contact their Congressional representatives. The site received so much traffic it crashed — proving that the Beyhive took her words to heart when she wrote "turn our anger into action."
But the entertainer also showed compassion for the five officers who were killed in Dallas. A black-and-white Instagram video posted Friday (July 8) shows an American flag waving, while the name of each officer — Brent Thompson, Michael Krol, Patrick Zamarripa, Michael Smith and Lorne Ahrens — is displayed.
"Rest in peace to the officers whose lives were senselessly taken yesterday in Dallas. I am praying for a full recovery of the seven others injured," she wrote. "No violence will create peace. Every human life is valuable. We must be the solution. Every human being has the right to gather in peaceful protest without suffering more unnecessary violence. To effect change we must show love in the face of hate and peace in the face of violence."
It's an especially big move by Beyoncé, considering police officers around the nation planned to boycott and/or refuse to provide security during various stops on her Formation World Tour, calling the "Formation" video and its Super Bowl performance "anti-police."
Beyoncé proves, as comedian Trevor Noah said Thursday on The Daily Show , that it is possible to be pro-black and pro-police, and that saying "black lives matter" does not mean other lives do not. As Bey wrote in her letter, "This is a human fight. No matter your race, gender or sexual orientation. This is a fight for anyone who feels marginalized, who is struggling for freedom and human rights."