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Mama Tina Was Worried White Coachella Would Be ‘Confused’ By Beyoncé's Performance, But Bey Wasn't Bothered

Knowles-Lawson admitted that Bey assured her she was doing the right thing in getting the message out on a mainstream platform.

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Beyoncé's Coachella performance was black af. Many of us know this. 

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As Bey leveled-up on the blackness with each set — or "circle" — many at-home watchers (shout-out to #Couchella!) wondered whether the very caucasian audience, watching live at the California festival, was worthy of such a narrative; especially since many of Bey's references — HBCUs, the black national anthem, black marching bands, probates, black southern culture, etc. — was very specific to blackness. 





It turns out those who felt that way were not alone. Mama Tina Knowles-Lawson admitted she also thought white folks would not get what her daughter had in store. However, Bey assured her it was her duty to let 'em know. 

Ms. Tina posted the backstory on Instagram on Monday:



Saw this written above photo and commentary by: Alisa Adamson Profit and thought i would share it with you https://apple.news/AmQP7CFzMQOS7gDDGvfigMw ❤️❤️I told Beyonce that i was afraid that the predominately white audience at Coachella would be confused by all of the black culture and Black college culture because it was something that they might not get. Her brave response to me made me feel a-bit selfish and ashamed. She said i have worked very hard to get to the point where i have a true voice and At this point in my life and my career i have a responsibility to do whats best for the world and not what is most popular “ She said that her hope is that after the show young people would research this culture and see how cool it is, and young people black and white would listen to “ LIFT EVERY VOICE AND SING and see how amazing the words are for us all and bridge the gap. She also hopes that it will encourage young kids to enroll in our amazing HIstorically Black Colleges and Universities . I stand corrected ❤️ A post shared by Tina Knowles (@mstinalawson) on

"I told Beyoncé that I was afraid that the predominately white audience at Coachella would be confused by all of the black culture and black college culture because it was something that they might not get. Her brave response to me made me feel a bit selfish and ashamed," mused Lawson. "She said, 'I have worked very hard to get to the point where I have a true voice and at this point in my life and my career Ihave a responsibility to do whats best for the world and not what is most popular.'"

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"She said that her hope is that after the show young people would research this culture and see how cool it is, and young people black and white would listen to 'Lift Every Voice And Sing' and see how amazing the words are for us all and bridge the gap," she continued. "She also hopes that it will encourage young kids to enroll in our amazing historically black colleges and universities. I stand corrected."

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Tonja Renée Stidhum is a writer/director made of sugar and spice and everything rice. She has the uncanny ability to make a Disney reference and a double entendre in the same sentence.