Beyoncé at Coachella: An historical performance, tribute to black community

by Shawna Montout

Beyoncé At Coachella

Beyoncé performed At Coachella on April 14th. She made history by being the first black woman to ever headlined the festival. The artist made another legendary performance. Bey made history by being the first black woman to ever headlined the festival. 

On the second day of Coachella, Beyoncé reminded us that she was the Queen and didn’t disappoint us. Queen B gave us a real show, which threw shade to other concerts. 1 hour and 45 minutes of pure happiness, full of choreographies, great outfits and singing. After all these years we still wonder how can she manage to do all of this at once. Wendy Williams even said that  « Beyoncé is the greatest performer of all time ». She owned Coachella, some people such as DJ Khaled, suggested that she should rename it « Beychella ».

The talented 36 years old opened her show with a Crazy in love intro. She first appeared dressed as a modern Nefertiti, Olivier Rousteing from Balmain, was in charge of the clothing part. Bey gave us a foretaste of the On The Run tour II. Beyoncé and Jay-Z will begin their tour on June 6 in the UK. 21 dates across North America and 11 in Europe.

During this amazing concert, Beyoncé brought several guests. Of course, her husband Jay-z was here. She also danced to “Get Me Bodied” with her younger sister Solange, the first time since 2014. Then Destiny’s Child reunited and they took it back to the 2000’s by singing their hits and dancing together.

Black Power

Mrs Carter is the first black woman to headline Coachella. Her performance was all about Black empowerment. At one point she was wearing a shirt on which we could see Nefertiti, a sign of black woman empowerment, a black panther for the Black Panther Party, a black fist, representing black power and a black bee, which portrays Beyoncé herself.

She sang « Lift Every Voice and Sing », a poem often referred to as the African American-national anthem. She inserted a quote of Malcolm X, « The most disrespected person in America is the Black Woman. / The most unprotected person in America is the Black Woman. » Her message was clear, she stood up for a black woman.

The mother of three’s performance was reminding us of movies like Drumline, Stomp the Yard, Black universities at its finest. Dancers were doing the J-site, a popular female dance from the Jackson State University.

 After Coachella Beyoncé donated 100,000 to 4 HBCU’s. They are institutions of higher education in the United States, they were established before the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The aim was to primarily educate the African-American community.



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