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Beyonce offers themes of female empowerment at Made In America festival in Philadelphia


PHILADELPHIA — Beyoncé sang her usual hits, changed multiple times and hit high notes at the Budweiser Made In America music festival in Philadelphia.

She also pulled more than ever from her Destiny's Child catalog, interpolated inspirational words from and UFC fighter Ronda Rousey and told the feverish audience: "I am so, so happy to celebrate my birthday with y'all."

Beyoncé, who turned 34 on Friday, headlined the first night of Jay Z's festival held on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

Beyonce offered words of encouragement and empowerment to the crowd of screaming fans. A background dancer moved beautifully to Angelou's classic "Phenomenal Woman" in between songs, and the audience screamed loudly as recent words from Rousey blasted from the speakers about girls who fall under the category of "do-nothing chicks."

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