We don’t know about you but we got two services Sunday morning ! One at church and earlier with the Queen Bey!
Beyoncé ‘s performance was unapologetically black. Along with blessing us with all of her hit classics, such as “Crazy in Love”, “Formation”, “Me, Myself and I”, “Bow Down” and countless others, she gave us CULTURE and LIFE. The Queen strutting out in all of her royalty giving us Wakandan- Egyptian splendor, clad in all black and diamonds to a New Orleans-style marching band that put us in the mix of Mardi Gras and homecoming all at the same time.
The crowd screamed for nearly five minutes, unworthy, basking in the glory.
“Ya’ll ready Coachella?”
We really weren’t. Most of the Beyhive set their alarm clocks to go off at 2 a.m. last night to watch the first black woman ever to headline Coachella (now know as Beychella). And Mrs. Carter did EVERYTHING but disappoint us.
Again. She did it for the culture, first by bringing black history month into April by opening up with the National Black Folks Anthem, “Lift Every Voice and Sing”. Followed by two and a half hour tribute to HBCU or historically black colleges and universities. Everyone from the divine 9 probates to the drumline and homecoming halftime shows were represented. And what makes this performance even more amazing was that a majority of the musicians and dancers were HBCU alumni. The band was represented by Florida A&M University’s Incomparable Marching 100 alumni band.
FAMU is obviously claiming the moment, naming Queen Bey a “honorary Rattler”. But Beyonce did it for ALL black universities and colleges.
#BLACKGIRLMAGIC graduated from “The Highest of Seven Hills” Florida A&M University (#FAMU)! Beyoncé just gave #HBCUs a HUGE enrollment boost at #BEYChella #ForTheCulture! 🌍 #BlackExcellence #BlackCulture #ADifferentWorld #BlackIsBeautiful #MelaninIsMagic #TheBlackMind #BlackHistory #HBCU #BlackPower #WakandaForever 👩🏾📚🌍🎓🍫👑✨😍💯🔥👏🏾🐍🍊🤷🏾♀️
WatchTheYard.com claims Mrs. Carter may have tripled HBCU enrollment with her performance and possibly Black Greek Life. Members of Omega Psi Psi, Delta Sigma Theta, Kappa Alpha Psi, Phi Beta Sigma and others were represented last night.
There’s even a “new” sorority/fraternity on the rise, founded by the Bey and all for good fun of course. The Beyhive is calling it Beyta Delta Kappa , complete with its own crest that Bey herself was wearing on her top during the performance. Forbes writes that everyone has been trying to figure out what the letters stand for. Some speculate BAK may be the acronym for another album. Others think it could be the initials of her name: Beyonce Knowles. Nevertheless, we’re certainly waiting for this top to go on sale on her website and thinking of mock line names for ourselves to stitch on the back of them .
There was even a BΔΚ mock probate.
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Shone Jemmott from Twitter wrote, ” there was literally a homecoming, probate and step step show all in one. If you didn’t go to an #HBCU you just don’t fully get the blackness of this. ”
Again this crowd was unworthy!
There was literally a homecoming, probate and step show all in one. If you didn’t go to an #HBCU you just don’t fully get the blackness of this. Pure perfection. @beyonce #beychella #HowardUniversity #beyonce pic.twitter.com/eId7BZcNGV
— Shone Jemmott (@SuperPublicist) April 15, 2018
Prayers were answered with the reunion of Destiny’s Child. Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams joined Beyonce on stage to sing three of their biggest hits, “Say My Name”, “Soldier” and “Lose My Breath”.
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— Philip Lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) April 15, 2018
We’re not sure if this means the group will be getting back together but their reunion was a blessing to a hearts and again… yes we were unworthy.
Then there were the #SisterGoals with her Solange. The two KILLED a routine to “Single Ladies.”
— Philip Lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) April 15, 2018
Finally we receive a snippet of her upcoming “On The Run” tour with hubby, Jay-Z. He joined Mrs. Carter on stage for “Deja Vu.”
— Adiyam Aklilu (@Adiyamyam) April 15, 2018
Again unworthy of the FREE , front-row seat, multilayered, mind-blowing melanin experience we received last nigh form the comforts of our laptops on YouTube. Beyonce is the first black woman ever to headline the festival, a moment that wasn’t lost on the 36 year-old, who simply commented, “Ain’t that a bitch?”
The superstar mother of three was supposed to headline the festival last year but had to canceled because she got pregnant with her twins, Sir and Rumi. But it was a blessing because she said the pregnancy gave her time to fully think about everything she wanted his performance to be and mean. For us its feminism, black power, black pride and all the key elements that make the African-American culture the complex and beautiful machine it is. Nobody can tell our story like us and we’re so glad Beyonce told it right.
A working journalist, entrepreneur and founder of RoyalTee Enterprises. Born and raised in Tampa, Fla. The vision of RoyalTee was inspired in 2015 by Alexia’s ambitions to return to her passion for creative writing and publishing and create a platform to showcase the excellence of minority women across the country through professional, personal and social ventures.