Beyoncé: A Performance to Remember

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The Queen has once again snatched all wigs and turned waves into tide pools. Beyoncé, what did we do to deserve such an amazing performance? For those that may not know what happened, let me tell you. Muva Bey headlined Coachella as the first black woman in the music festival’s nineteen years of existence. Not only did she perform, she paid homage to the great Historically Black College and University (HBCU) bands and dance lines across the United States. With an opener right out of the history books of performing Beyoncé took us to the cool October days during your favorite university’s homecoming by opening with a band consisting of low and high brass, accompanied by numerous high kicking, low bucking, eight count throwing dancing divas.

When we thought Beyoncé had had enough of saying it loud, she broke out in the Negro National Anthem and in normal Bey fashion she sung it with such style and grace. Im sure Coachella was not ready for our Queen to gather every HBCU dance line and make them one strong powerhouse that captivated the fans who paid hundreds to watch her slay. Now lets not forget about the drums because whats a good band without a solid drum line. Just when we thought Bey could not provide us with more, she dropped eight new bugaboos” into Beyhive Spring 18.

Her performance was right out of the HBCU homecoming handbook. What other artist can unite HBCUs and Greeks in one performance? Now lets talk about her special guest. We all knew that she was going to bring HOV but when we saw the reunion of Destineys Child everyone was shocked. Performing their hits such as Say My Nameand Soldierthe trio took us back to the early 2000s with their coordination of green ensembles. Just when everyone was settled and gained back their composure, she starts performing Get Me Bodiedand we all know when this jam comes on it is a must you dance to this with your crew. Well Beyoncé decided to do it with none other than her sister Solange. Beyoncé definitely gave us an HBCU homecoming, probate, halftime show and reunion all in one performance.

With a set time of one hour and forty minutes, she clearly has so much more up her sleeve for this OTR 2 tour. Beyoncé once again, what did we do to deserve this? Not only was her performance one to remember but the outfits worn are definitely something being sought after by every Beyhive member. The HBCU enrollment will definitely rise after this performance. We all are in awe of the performance. Beyoncé has shown us that when you are the first to do it, you better do it the best, so the others after you will have a hard time filling your shoes. Queen Bey has shown us why shes the queen. Saturdays performance gave us everything that Beyoncé stood for. She even took us to her roots in Louisiana with her orchestras rendition of Do Whatch Wannaperformed and remastered by brass bands throughout the southern region.

Beyoncé is a woman of color, mother of three and powerful individual that gave us a nearly two hour show full of energy, pride and dignity. She not only did it with heels on but she did it while holding the perfect pitch, stayed in her range and left no pages unturned in her entertainment repertoire. Four outfit changes and she still managed to keep the fans on the edge of their seats. She is definitely the greatest entertainer of this generation.

Raymond Banks is a Graduating Senior Broadcast/ Mass Communications major from Vicksburg, Mississippi. He will be a contributing writer for The Campus Chronicle for the 2017-2018 school semester.

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