Beyoncé is a black woman who is being heavily critiqued for actively addressing injustices against the black community in her music.

With the release of her latest single "Formation" and its "unapologetically black" video, along with her pro-black Super Bowl performanceKnowles has garnered both praise and criticism for her politics in recent weeks. 

But her activism is nothing new—the 34-year-old singer has been slowly turning up the volume on her political stance over the years. Even Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson agreed that the singer is "more woke" than people give her credit for.

From tackling gender inequality to addressing police brutality, here are six ways Beyoncé has openly demonstrated her feminist politics and lent her voice to the contemporary civil rights movement.