NefertitiShe 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 BandA 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 MomentsFela 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.