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After a year of waiting and anticipation, Beyonce, our queen, performed in front of a large crowd of people Saturday night at Coachella. Beyonce recently made history by becoming the first black woman in Coachella history to headline the two week festival in Indio, California, while setting the highest live streaming record ever. Now, we all know that Mrs. Carter does not come to play, with her many iconic performances including a gravity defying Grammy performance while she was in her last stages of pregnancy with her twins, Rumi and Sir, but this was one for the books. Queen Beyonce, a phenomenal woman of color and mother of three, performed a two hour set in heels with perfect pitch and dances on beat, brought out Destiny’s Child, Solange, and her husband, Jay Z, while slaying in four different outfit changes. Not to mention, along with her four outfit changes, she also changed her nail polish. The nerve of Beyonce! She even turned a whole event into a HBCU Homecoming. Beyonce did not let us breathe!!!! She came to slay huntyyyy!!!   I couldn’t help but feel her performance on a spiritual level.

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The highly anticipated performance opened with the Queen herself singing “Crazy In Love” with a New Orleans- style brass marching band and a Mrs. Carter rendition of “Lift Every Voice and Sing” often regarded as the African American National Anthem. Following, Beyonce then performed several songs from her album Lemonade with a band and backup step dancers, giving a little taste of HBCU culture and vibes. One thing for sure, Beyonce did THAT for the culture!!!! For two amazing hours, the Queen kept surprising us from a tribute to Nina Simone, quotes by Malcolm X, singing “Deja Vu” with Jay Z, dancing with her sister, Solange, to bringing out Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland from Destiny’s Child. Now, I’m pretty sure that watching the live performance from home could not compete with the live experience of watching one of the best performers before your eyes, but I could imagine that it left a long lasting impression- enough for people to start comparing Queen Bey to Michael Jackson, the King of Pop. The Beyhive took to Twitter to claim Beyonce, as  the “Queen of Music” and the greatest entertainer to ever live. Even Chance the Rapper had to agree.I mean lets be honest. Take a look at the whole entire set list below. Now, tell me another woman of color and mother of three that performed in heels on perfect pitch, with four costume changes, brought her Grammy winning husband and sister on stage to perform, reunited with her old girl band, performed with a New Orleans- style brass band, while breaking barriers in Coachella history. I’ll wait. Can’t think of one can you?

As Beyonce entered and exited the Coachella stage, she embodied everything that Black Girl Magic is. The Queen closed her performance by saying: “Coachella, thank you for allowing me to be the first black woman to headline,” before singing “Run the World (Girls), “Lose My Breath” w/ Destiny’s Child, “Say My Name” w/ Destiny’s Child, “Soldier” w/ Destiny’s Child, “Get Me Bodied” (Timbaland remix), “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)”, “Love On Top, and ending with “Shining”. Beyonce gave a performance of the lifetime and it’s only fitting for Beyonce to be regarded as one of the greatest performers of all time.


Let me know what you guys  think of her iconic Coachella performance in the comments below.

Jada Daniel, Gwendolyn Brooks College Prep, Junior

Twitter: @tgijadaaa



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