Mama Knowles has revealed that she was initially hesitant when it came to Beyoncé’s stellar Coachella—sorry, Beychella—performance.
Tina Knowles-Lawson shared on Instagram Monday, “I 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 wrote.
Mama Tina continued, “Her 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.'”
“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.”
Beyoncé completely shut it down over the weekend, giving fans the Blackest Coachella ever. At the end of her performance, Bey added, “Thank you Coachella for letting me be the first Black woman to headline… Ain’t that a bitch?”
Still, Mama Knowles had nothing to worry about because Bey truly gave us one of the greatest Coachella performances ever.