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If you don’t think America has a race problem, you might live in a fallout shelter. Seriously: look no further than last weekend’s Super Bowl halftime show, with Beyoncé’s exhilarating, powerful performance—literally the only reason to watch the program—and how it was received by Right Wing America. “This is football, not Hollywood, and I thought it was really outrageous that she used it as a platform to attack police officers who are the people who protect her and protect us, and keep us alive,” former New York mayor and cantankerous Rich, Old White Man Rudy Giuliani said. News for you, Giuliani: It was completely appropriate and justified for Queen Bey to use the Super Bowl as a platform to deliver her urgent and necessary message. But Beyoncé is hardly the first artist to use music as a platform to call out race and social issues. Since 2010, Brooklyn’s Aye Nako has written songs about race, gender, and the misrepresentation of identity, especially in the media. “Oh yeah, you’re just confused about the creatures you read in the news/ Oh yeah, you’re totally confused,” the band sings with desperate and assertive conviction on “White Noise.” In 2016, a group with a message as urgent as Aye Nako’s has never been so necessary. Aye Nako performs with Governess, didi, and Chimp Suit at 7 p.m. at St. Stephen and the Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1525 Newton St. NW. Free. positiveforcedc.com.