Last night was not only a historical moment in American football history — it was also an iconic one for black women in general.
The 2013 Superbowl notably featured several artists of color with tremendous talent. Jennifer Hudson emphatically opened the game singing “America the Beautiful” with the Sandy Hook Elementary School chorus while Alicia Keyes sang the Star Spangled Banner live while playing the piano. Fans nationwide waited eagerly for a Beyoncé’s mind-blowing halftime performance, which featured Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams, Queen Bey’s former Destiny Child bandmates — in style. The time couldn’t have been better: two weeks after President Barack Obama‘s inauguration and the dawn of Black History Month, America got to see how far black women have come.