Tina Lawson Shares Beyoncé's Reason For Honoring HBCUs During Coachella Show
Yohance Kyles (@HUEYmixwitRILEY)
(AllHipHop News) Many music fans and people in the music industry are still recovering from Beyoncé shutting down the Coachella festival on Saturday. Queen Bey performed a show that was unapologetically black by paying homage to Historically Black Colleges and Universities, African-American fraternities/sororities, and other cultural linchpins.
Apparently, there was at least one person that was concerned about the singer presenting those themes in front of a mostly white audience. Beyoncé's mother, Tina Lawson, wrote about her apprehension on Instagram and her daughter's reaction.
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
Following her internet-breaking set at #Beychella, the Lemonade album creator announced she's funding a $100,000 scholarship program for HBCUs through her BeyGOOD initiative. One student from Xavier University, Wilberforce University, Tuskegee University, and Bethune-Cookman University will receive $25,000 for the 2018-2019 school year.
"We salute the rich legacy of Historically Black Colleges and Universities," states Ivy McGregor, Director of Philanthropy and Corporate Relations at Parkwood Entertainment. "We honor all institutions of higher learning for maintaining culture and creating environments for optimal learning which expands dreams and the seas of possibilities for students."
Beyoncé's Formation Scholars Awards Program, which was only open to women, was established in 2017. The Homecoming Scholars Award Program for 2018-2019 will expand to all qualifying students, regardless of gender, at the four institutions.