Tina Knowles stands corrected.
Beyonce’s mother on Monday took to Instagram to admit she misread how her superstar daughter’s culturally-infused set at the Coachella Music Festival this past weekend would be received.
‘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,’ the 64-year-old beauty wrote, ‘because it was something that they might not get.’
The Texas native said that the ‘brave response’ she received from the Formation songstress left her feeling a ‘bit selfish and ashamed,’ as Beyonce priority was to make a positive social statement – not put on a commercially-appealing performance.
Beyonce said that she’s ‘worked very hard to get to the point where [she has] a true voice,’ according to her mother, and declared her ‘responsibility [is] to do what’s best for the world and not what is most popular.’
Tina, who parted ways with Bey’s father Mathew Knowles in 2011 after 31 years of marriage, said that Beyonce aimed to break down cultural barriers with her set at this year’s festival, which marked the first time a black female artist was the headliner.
‘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,’ Tina said.
Beyonce ‘also hopes that it will encourage young kids to enroll in our amazing Historically Black Colleges and Universities,’ her mother said. Conceding she didn’t see the big picture at the outset, Tina said of her daughter, ‘I stand corrected.’
Tina, a fashion designer with the label Miss Tina by Tina Knowles, included a shot of her daughter garbed in a royal outfit during her two-hour set, with a block quote from a Florida based attorney named Alisia Adamson Profit keenly summing up the breadth and depth of Bey’s showcase.
‘She took us to Wakanda, church, a HBCU Classic, battle of the bands, the ultimate probate/step show and more,’ Profit wrote. ‘She had an orchestra, a full band, a drum line, a choir, and a bazillion dancers. She brought out Jay Z, Destiny’s Child, Solange and Le Twins.’
Profit continued: ‘She sang old songs, new songs and even the Black National Anthem. She is the first black female to headline Coachella and she KILLED it.
‘The name has officially been changed to Beychella. That stage will never be the same…it was magical.’
SOURCE: Daily Mail