If you were lucky enough to get tickets to Coachella this year, thoughts and prayers for your edges are in order after Beyoncé’s epic performance. After a long absence from the stage, Queen Bey’s show was historical in more ways than one. Not only is she the first black woman to headline Coachella, but her performance showcased elements of black culture that every HBCU student would appreciate. Bey graced the stage with a larger-than-life show that featured guests like Jay-Z and her Destiny’s Child companions, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams.

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Her performance began with various elements of life at a Historically Black College/University. She had a marching band dripping in flavor, multiple step performances, a dash of Greek life, and the crucial element of the swag surf. To top it all off, the Queen sang the elusive black national anthem, “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” HBCU students across the nation understood and appreciated the shoutout awarded to us by the Queen herself. She had a few of us requesting transfer applications to Beyoncé University for next semester.

The second half of her inspirational two-hour performance continued to unravel the thread you thought was going to hold down your wig. She sang classic songs like “Baby Boy” and “Check Up On It” and gave the crowd the ultimate throwback with the reunion of her momentous girl group, Destiny’s Child. Featuring more than just her musical family, she also sang with her husband, Jay-Z, and danced with her sister, Solange. The most impressive part of the entire performance was the fact that the Queen was able to sing and dance her heart out without missing a single note. Beyoncé is without a doubt the best Coachella performer to ever grace the stage.

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