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Beyonce reminds us of the power of Black Women

Marissa Marshall,
Sports Editor

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In a country where Black women’s accomplishments are almost always swept under the rug, who would’ve thought that a woman of color would be the most talked about person nationwide.

On April 14, Beyonce Knowles-Carter destroyed every possible boundary that society has attempted to put in front of Black women, as she gave arguably one of the most groundbreaking performances of all time at the 2018 Coachella Music and Arts Festival in Indio.

She stepped on the stage and exceeded every single expectation as the first black woman ever to headline the festival since it debuted in 1999. Yes, Ever.

Her performance paid respects to the Historically Black College University (HBCU) culture. Featuring a majorette dancer, a dance team and a marching band comprised of nearly 100 Black men and women, whose horns were heard from miles away, all sharing the stage with “Queen Bey.”

This was a self-proclaimed “Beyonce homecoming” and she made it clear that this was not going to be an ordinary performance at Coachella. This was going to be a performance that would impact not only Black girls lives forever, but Black women and men as well. This was now “Beychella.”

Let’s not be mistaken, her performance was for Black people, Black women and girls in particular and she made that clear through her symbolic choices in the performance.

The show opened with the singer dressed as Queen Nefertiti, one of the most powerful women in ancient Egypt, as she walked down the runway with confidence and fierceness that made viewers feel powerful. The band played in sync with each step she took and from that moment on, it was evident history would be made.

She made a statement: Black women matter, Black women are here, you will see us and you will respect us.

This is not to say that she hasn’t made a statement before, because she has. Her 2016 Super Bowl 50 halftime performance is a prime example. Beyonce and her dancers dressed like Black Panthers and meshed politics with culture in an effort to honor the Black Lives Matter movement.

Let’s not forget the release of her sixth studio album, “Lemonade,” which just reached its two-year anniversary on April 23, an album that illustrated social and personal controversy while simultaneously providing jaw-dropping and iconic visuals like swinging a baseball bat in the “Hold Up” video.

But this time it was different, she made it evident that it was bigger than just her, as she included her former group mates of Destiny’s Child, Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland. She also brought her sister Solange on stage to perform her hit “Get Me Bodied.”

We must not overlook the hundreds of individuals she also shared the stage with, giving them a platform on a national stage. Not only did Beyonce showcase her talents, she let Black culture shine across the stage among the bodies of dancers and musicians who have been wishing they would get that type of opportunity.

One of the dancers, Amari Marshall, who shared the stage with her sister, Jore Marshall, to assist Beyonce in her “Baby Boy” set, posted a video on Instagram after the performance with a caption that stated, “When you are living a dream you never dreamt because it seemed to big for you. Thank you Beyonce for taking a chance with us. We know we don’t look like the norm, but thank you for giving us the platform to prove every stereotype wrong.”

The Marshall sisters are considered “plus-sized” for their curvy body shapes. Girls like this would generally not be given the opportunity to grace the stage in that type of setting, or never even been considered or given the opportunity. Beyonce gave them one of the biggest platforms in entertainment to showcase themselves on a global stage.

Her unselfish nature to share her space in such a monumental point in her career with so many others is one of the many reasons the performance was groundbreaking and why she is the best performer of all time.

Beyonce is the epitome of not only what a Black woman is, but what a woman is, period. Every time she performs she outdoes herself since she debuted with Destiny’s Child in 1997.

She has nothing to prove, yet she still shows that she is a force to be reckoned with. The jaws dropping throughout the crowd at her performances and the millions of tweets and posts that traveling through social networks reaffirm this.

Her consistency and attention to detail can only inspire one to be greater and expect the very best of themselves, regardless of how much success they attain. I can only thank Beyonce for what she has done for Black women like myself across the globe encouraging me to continue to always be my true authentic self. To work hard and show a country that neglects Black women just how powerful we are.

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