If you all recall, Beychella took place in the last two years. Beyonce headlined Coachella for two nights and she was the first black woman to do so. Thanks to Netflix, we were able to watch those performances and gain some insights into how the performance came to be.
While watching the show I realized that there were so many things I didn’t understand. These were things particular to the African American culture that I had to google and research. Perhaps you asked the same questions or maybe you didn’t. Either way, here are some things that were new to me.
HBCU stands for Historically Black Colleges & Universities. The HBCUs were founded to give the African Americans access to education and the majority of these institutions are down south. Homecoming is a huge event at HBCUs and Beyonce’s whole coachella performance was built around that theme.
At the beginning of Beyonce’s performance, she appears on stage wearing a beautiful Nefertiti costume. Now this could be interpreted in several ways. One, she is the Queen B channeling another very powerful historical queen (Nefertiti). Two, there was some controversy a while back where some museum made a statue of what they think Nefertiti would have looked like. Just as you may have guessed, she looked much lighter than she could have been. LOL. From all the research I’ve done, Nefertiti predates any invasion into Egypt carried out by folk of lighter skin. She was of nubian black Egypt which leads me to conclude that Beyonce’s wearing that outfit as a black woman herself was possibly to remind us all of that fact.
Lift Every Voice and Sing
When I first heard this song, I thought it was a Beyonce song. It was actually written by James Johnson as a poem and then later made into a song by his brother J. Rosamond Johnson. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People then adopted it as their official song. It was also an anthem for the civil rights movement. Once I found this out, it made sense to me the way Beyonce rendered it at Coachella. Here are the lyrics and some more information
The All Black Orchestra
I was captivated by Beyonce’s all-black orchestra. The outfits, the dancing, the singing, the synergy, and the talent! I have watched Beyonce’s homecoming about 3 times and each time, I am as captivated as I was the very first time.
All in All…
I think it was really important to Beyonce to represent her people and culture on such a legendary night where the first black woman headlines Coachella. It was really refreshing and insightful. Plus all that Black Girl Magic? I LIVE for it.