February 2016 has been a watershed month for black musical performances. Beyonce released “Formation,” a song and video affirming her blackness to peak levels and Kendrick Lamar, dressed in prison blues and chains with a background picture of Africa, gave an astonishing performance at the Grammys.

Both artists have been commended by fans, but only Beyonce was questioned about capitalism and lack of authenticity. LaSha, in an article for Salon, believed her performance was criticized because she is a black woman.

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