We can all agree that #Beychella was one of the blackest events to ever get on the Coachella stage.
But just how black was it?
Queen Bey framed her performance comeback as a homecoming half-time show at a historically black college or university. Here is a sampling of the blackest moments that Beyonce blessed us with:
She used imagery that paid homage to Egyptian queen Nefertiti.
Malcolm X Quote
“The most disrespected person in America is the Black Women…The most unprotected person in America is the Black Woman.”
We first heard Beyonce use this Malcolm X quote in “Lemonade.” She made sure that the same quote was blasted through the festival speakers for everyone to hear.
Her Insanely Good Marching Band
A major highlight of the show was her marching band, which added a whole new dimension to Beyonce’s performance. And Bey also made sure that her marching band was made up of HBCU marching band alumni.
According to Blavity, the drumline members were alumni from Florida A&M University, Tennesse State University, Alabama State University, Prairie View A&M University, Hampton University, North Carolina A&T State University, Norfolk State University, Bethune-Cookman University, Univerisity of Georgia, Kennesaw State University among others.
The Diversity In Black Musical Moments
Fela Kuti. Nina Simone. Dawn Penn. Sister Nancy. Juvenile. C-Murder. Master P. Pastor Troy. Fast Life Yungstaz. Crucial Conflict. Go-Go music.
These are just a sampling of the numerous musical references made during the show. And they were everything!
The Black National Anthem
When Beyonce started to sing “Lift Every Voice And Sing,” we knew she was taking us for a ride.
Homage To The City Of New Orleans
From Big Freedia to the Second Line brass band, New Orleans was definitely recognized in Beyonce’s set.
Black Greek References
From the probate to the step show, we felt like we were back on campus!
Let’s Not Forget The Impromptu Swag Surf!
And Finally, She Made History!
Beyonce made sure to remind the audience that she was the first black woman to ever headline Coachella — before throwing shade at the festival a beat later!
“Ain’t that ’bout a b****!”
It doesn’t get blacker than that!