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On Saturday night, Beyonce became the first African-American woman to headline Coachella, or as it will now be called from here on out, Beychella. Her performance was historic, a defining moment of culture, blackness, music, feminism and more. What Beyonce did at Beychella will be discussed for years. Beyonce’s mom Tina Lawson posted the above Instagram with this message:
I told Beyonce that i was afraid that the predominately white audience at Coachella would be confused by all of the black culture and Black college culture because it was something that they might not get. Her brave response to me made me feel a-bit selfish and ashamed. She said “I have worked very hard to get to the point where i have a true voice and At this point in my life and my career i have a responsibility to do whats best for the world and not what is most popular.” She said that her hope is that after the show young people would research this culture and see how cool it is, and young people black and white would listen to “LIFT EVERY VOICE AND SING” and see how amazing the words are for us all and bridge the gap. She also hopes that it will encourage young kids to enroll in our amazing Historically Black Colleges and Universities . I stand corrected
By all accounts, the mostly white audience at Beychella felt every minute of her performance. Of course there were people outside of Beychella who weren’t feeling it, and some of them showed up in comment sections here and elsewhere. If you weren’t feeling what Beyonce was delivering, then I don’t know what to say at this point. Beyonce knows what to say though: nothing at all. She lets her music, her performances, her visual albums and her money do the talking. Speaking of, Bey made some big donations to four HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities):
Beyonce paid tribute to historically black colleges during her groundbreaking Coachella performance, and now the singer is donating $100,000 to four black universities.
The superstar singer announced Monday the Homecoming Scholars Award Program for the 2018-2019 academic year through her BeyGOOD initiative. She plans to give $25,000 each to Tuskegee University, Bethune-Cookman University, Xavier University of Louisiana and Wilberforce University. One student from each school will receive the scholarship money.
Beyonce’s Coachella festival set was critically acclaimed, as Beyonce paid tribute to the marching bands, the dance troupes and step teams at historically black colleges.
Last year, the singer launched the Formation Scholars Awards Program, supporting creative and bold young women, in celebration of the one-year anniversary of her “Lemonade” album.
I wish I could create a detailed chart for Beyonce’s gradual and substantial change into the woman she is today. I’ve been her fan since OG Destiny’s Child (“Say My Name”-era), and I …read more