Beyoncé made history at Coachella last weekend. The singer took the stage for a two-hour show that was nothing short of awe-inspiring, performing 26 songs spanning her entire career and bringing out husband Jay-Z, sister Solange, and her former Destiny's Child bandmates as special guests.
Bey's Coachella performance also honored black culture and Historically Black Colleges and Universities—something that her mom, Tina Knowles-Lawson, admits she was nervous about.
In an Instagram post honoring her daughter's infinitely praise-worthy performance, Tina shared a quote from Alisa Adamson Profit which summed up beautifully just how important and groundbreaking Beyoncé's Coachella set was. She then shared the worries she had about the performance when her daughter conceived of it—and Bey's amazing response.
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"I told Beyoncé 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," Tina wrote. "Her brave response to me made me feel a bit selfish and ashamed."
Are you sitting down? Because you should be for Bey's powerful response.
"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,'" Tina continued. "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."
Kayleigh Roberts is a freelance writer and editor with more than 10 years of professional experience. Her byline has appeared in Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, The Atlantic, Allure, Entertainment Weekly, MTV, Bustle, Refinery29, Girls’ Life Magazine, Just Jared, and Tiger Beat, among other publications. She's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.
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