Beyonce’s Unapologetic Celebration of Black Culture!
Last Saturday night Beyonce made history as the first Black woman to Headline Coachella, one of the world’s highest grossing music festivals.
Queen Bey was triumphant in her historic performance, which was an unapologetic celebration of Black culture.
The following is facebook post that went viral in record time by A.J. Mims of Detroit, who perfectly captures that awesome event!
“She’s the first Black woman to headline Coachella. She sang Lift Every Voice, the Black national anthem. She walked out like a damn drum major ! She had a step show and gave props to the Divine 9. She gave us Afro Latino, Afro Caribbean beats, Go-Go, Trap music, Rock, Operatic vocals, even Chopped and Screwed.
“She said I’m gon’ sing Drunk in Love on a crane and did! She played patty cake with Solan
ge. She reunited with Destiny’s Child and Michelle Crip Walked. She swag surfed with an HBCU band!!!! She had Shawn Corey Carter come out and I can’t think of a more accomplished Black rapper who somehow has stayed relevant when he puts out music. She had majorettes, she had samples of Fela Kuti and Nina Simone. You can hear Malcolm X’s voice talk about “the most disrespected and least protected person in the world Black women,” she’s unapologetically BLACK!
“She had fat Black women dancing front and center, did you see that thick girl twirling that baton?! We heard Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie speak on feminism. LES TWINS showed the hell out! She gave us stamina, vocals, changed 5 times, and only had 3 sips of water! You could see Rihanna front row center getting her whole life because Black women support each other. She never slipped, was never outta breath. Who else you know can change nail polish during a costume change?! She is one of the best performers in history. You can’t name a better performer alive and she will be (and is) as iconic as Michael Joseph Jackson. She honestly doesn’t have to give us anything else after this performance but you know she is!”
As if her mind-blowing Coachella set weren’t already a musical, visual and physical triumph, Beyonce revealed on Monday morning that the set’s collegiate theme was pointing to a scholarship program: Through her BeyGOOD initiative, the singer announced the four schools to receive the newly established Homecoming Scholars Award Program for the 2018-2019 academic year. The Universities, Xavier, Wilberforce, Tuskegee and Bethune-Cookman, are all Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
*Coachella is the name of a city as well as a valley in southern California. The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival (commonly referred to as Coachella) is an annual music and arts festival held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California, located in the Inland Empire’s Coachella Valley in the Colorado Desert. Follow A.J. Mims on Facebook and Mel D.Cole on Instagram