Published in Overland Issue 222 Autumn 2016 Politics / Culture Editorial Jacinda Woodhead With the release of ‘Formation’ and Beyoncé’s performance at this year’s Super Bowl, the Black Lives Matter (BLM) campaign pierced living rooms across the United States. Complete with Black Panther salute and iconography, accompanied by a film clip with a hurricane-drenched landscape and graffiti reading ‘stop shooting us’, a movement that had been demonised by the mainstream media and the right was given a heroic performance in what is, arguably, capitalism’s ultimate spectacle. ‘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,’ former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani responded guilefully. The song, performance and video are now unquestionably part of the Beyoncé brand – but this moment also demonstrates the ways politics affects culture. ‘Formation’, and the outrage over Kenneth Goldsmith’s ‘The Body of Michael Brown’ (documented in this issue’s blistering discussion of race and racism in Australian poetry) would have been unimaginable if not for a political movement like BLM – a movement that has since grown beyond national borders. In Australia, for example, it helps fuel fury over the death of Ms Dhu, or our own incarceration rates, something Stephanie Convery talks about in her examination of feminist justice. Questions of agency and Black experiences hang over every piece in this edition, from new columnist Natalie Harkin’s discussion of ‘national shame’, to Antony Loewenstein’s essay about life in South Sudan, to Maxine Beneba Clarke’s memoir, to the powerful fiction. This issue also contains the 2015 Judith Wright Poetry Prize winners, accompanied by Peter Minter’s (final) and Toby Fitch’s (first) judges’ report, as well as the winning story in the inaugural Neilma Sidney Prize. Read this issue, watch that clip. This history is still being made. Read the rest of Overland 222 — If you liked this article, please subscribe or donate. Jacinda Woodhead Jacinda Woodhead is a former editor of Overland and current law student. More by Jacinda Woodhead Overland is a not-for-profit magazine with a proud history of supporting writers, and publishing ideas and voices often excluded from other places. If you like this piece, or support Overland’s work in general, please subscribe or donate. Related articles & Essays First published in Overland Issue 228 30 November 202230 November 2022 Politics The return of public power to Victoria? Zacharias Szumer The newly elected Andrews government has promised to bring public ownership of electricity back to Victoria. However, there are no immediate plans to reinstate the public utility model that prevailed through much of the twentieth century. Rather, a publicly owned renewables company will operate within an electricity market shaped by decades of neoliberal reform. First published in Overland Issue 228 24 November 202225 November 2022 Politics ‘Sir, please get me the Manager’: Brazil before and after Bolsonaro Guido Melo By then, although young in age, I already knew about those rituals of humiliation and how they were part of my Black family's lives. I also knew that surviving those daily interactions required putting my head down and following the instructions received with no hesitation. I must have had ‘the talk ‘with my parents when I was eight or nine. Life was just like that. Being Black in Brazil means living in a war. No one should ever go to war underprepared.