In case you missed it, Beyonce’s Coachella set was nothing short of Black … literally, it was blackity black black black.
From the homage to HBCU’s, to all her Black cameos, her Wakanda swag and even the singing of the Black National Anthem; the stellar performance was colorful in more ways than one.
It was obvious that Bey was making a clear statement, but according to her mother, Tina Knowles, she thought the performance might’ve been TOO Black for the white Coachella crowd.
In a lengthy Instagram post, Mama Tina admitted that she “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.”
She explained that her daughter’s “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.’ “
Knowles explained that her bundle of joy 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,” Mama Tina wrote. “I stand corrected.”
It was Alisia Adamson Profit who said it perfectly: Beyonce “took us to Wakanda, church, a HBCU classic, battle of the bands, the ultimate probate/ step show and more.”