We’ll be taking classes at HBeyCU this fall.
For years Coachella has been the most prominent music festival, and white performers usually reigned as the top and highest grossing acts. Thousands of attendees came down for the weekend indulging in the bohemian, Ragstock-esque theme of the festival, borrowing aesthetics from minority cultures from Native American headwear and make-up, to black culture and hip-hop style. This year, Beyonce gave the Coachella audience a real taste of black culture that they weren’t used to, and showed that no one does black culture better than black people.
We can pretty much count on Beyonce to make history at this point. She became the first black woman to headline Coachella since its debut in 1999. Yes, it’s wack AF that ”first black *fill in the blank*” is still a thing in 2018, however Beyoncé has done the title justice–performing for two hours straight with minimal breaks and in heels, she has proved herself as a tough act to follow.
Because Bey dropped out of Coachella last year due to being pregnant with Rumi and Sir Carter, we were all patiently awaiting her comeback, and it was so worth the wait!
I am so here for this new era of Beyoncé being an unapologetically black feminist in a way she’s never done before, it’s deeply inspiring and that’s why so many people are in awe about this performance. Tina Knowles took to Instagram to share a heartfelt message and conversation she had with her daughter about her nervousness for Beyoncé to take on such a performance in a predominantly white space. According to Mama Tina, this performance was bigger than Beyoncé . ”I have worked very hard to get to the point in my life where I have a true voice …I have the responsibility to do what’s best for the world and not what is popular,” said Beyoncé. And that she did.
Here’s the most important takeaways from #Beychella.
1. Her clothing included black symbolism. Balmain used imagery that paid homage to Egyptian queen Nefertiti. Other details included a bee, a black panther and a black fist, each in one quarter of her top’s crest with the ancient of eye of Horus symbol above, the crest was a powerful message of Bey’s ongoing support for the black rights movement.
2. The whole set was a nod to HBCU and southern culture. Channelling her Texan and Louisianan roots, she praises the culture by framing her performance as a black college homecoming game. She cultivated an HBCU alumni filled marching band complete with majorette dancers, had her own Greek probate of Beta Delta Kappa, wearing a monogrammed yellow hoodie with ”BΔK” in rhinestones.
3. She sang the Black National Anthem. ”Lift Every Voice and Sing” is a staple at black events, and it is customary to raise the Black Power fist in salute as the anthem is played.
4. She included an excerpt from a Malcom X’s speech. “The most disrespected person in America is the Black Woman. The most unprotected person in America is the Black Woman. The most neglected person in America is the Black Woman.” *drops mic*