Written by | Ray Cornelius


Beyoncé literally took us back to school this Sunday morning during her highly anticipated Coachella performance. The Queen B made music history as the first African American woman to headline the music festival and paid homage to Black culture all through out her show.

The were so many prideful moments including her Egyptian-inspired entrance (I believe she was channeling the female Pharaoh Hatshepsut), the HBCU marching band and J-Setters that backed her up and that beautiful rendition of the Black national anthem, “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”  She continued her homage to the culture with nods to stepping and Black Greek-Lettered fraternities and sororities, New Orleans Jazz and a befitting excerpt from the late Malcolm X (“The most disrespected woman in America is the Black woman”) plus a music sample from the late Nina Simone. It was—in other words—unapologetically BLACK!

“Coachella thank you for allowing me to be the first Black woman to headline Coachella…Ain’t that bout a Bitch…!”

Other highlights included the Destiny’s Child reunion with Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams as well as her “Get Me Bodied” moment with sister Solange and Jay Z‘s appearance on “Deja Vu.”

Additional songs in her two-hour set included “Crazy in Love,” “Freedom,” “DIVA,” “Drunk In Love,” “Bow Down,” “Baby Boy,” “Partition,” “I Care,” “Formation,” “Single Ladies” and much more. She closed out with one of my favorites, “Love on Top.”

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