Beyoncé’s Beychella performance is a major moment in HerStory, especially for LOUD Girls, so we’re highlighting 7 LOUD things we loved about Beychella.
Beyoncé’s performance was the epitome of LOUD – creative, straightforward, bold, vibrant, passionate and extra! The team at LOUD Girl Movement is always affirming that when Black women express our truth, the world benefits. Beyoncé and her performance did just that by giving a world stage to so many nuances of the Black culture and aesthetic that are not often highlighted or celebrated in mainstream media.
Beyoncé’s entire show was an unapologetic ode to and celebration of the African Diaspora, Black culture and “hood.” Her musical arrangements, choreography and costumes were a beautiful exhibit of our culture that ranged from Ancient Egyptian (Nefertiti), AfroCuban, Indian (Kali), West African and West Indian American to Atlanta, New Orleans, South Central Los Angeles (Krumping), New York City (Harlem Shake), and more.
Man, what an honor🐝 blessed & sooooo very thankful | @officialkinghavoc you are AMAZING! love freestyling w/ you! You’ve grown SO MUCH from the So You Think You Can Dance audition to now, it’s crazy!!! I’m so proud of you & everything that is to come 🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽 | #beychella #beychella2018 #ninasimone #lilacwine #contemporary #flexin #dance #THANKYOUGOD
Beyoncé’s acknowledgement and celebration of Black legends and world-changing icons was electrifying. She creatively paid homage to Malcolm X with quotes from his “Who Taught You To Hate Yourself? speech; Fela Kuti via a rendition of his classic “Zombie;” and to top it off, she paid homage to one of our fave LOUD Girls, Nina Simone with a beautiful Contemporary dance piece to the sound of “Lilac Wine” (and this, during the same weekend that Ms. Nina was being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame).
Her boldness and creativity shined in her mapping her discography across the band culture of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The dance and drum lines, majorettes, announcer, drum major and baton twirlers were all fierce elements to serving the world a small dose of what it’s like to attend an HBCU game, rally or halftime show. We hope it ups enrollment numbers in the upcoming semesters.
Beyoncé honored Divine 9 and Step culture with short “Bugaboo” skits during her costume changes and with her own self-themed paraphernalia.
Her celebration of Black Sisterhood was incredibly endearing. Many women in their late 20s and 30s grew up with Destiny’s Child, and Beyoncé emerging onto the stage with Kelly and Michelle was a burst of nostalgia. She deepened that mood when Solange joined her for a dance that served as a playful reminder of the bonding nature of Black women and girls.
Beyoncé’s celebration of her personal evolution is empowering. During her performance, she celebrated her achievements, and used her music to celebrate the process as well – making sure to acknowledge the good, bad, light and darkness, and her personal development and growth as a Woman, Mother and artist.
LOUD and All,
Editor | LOUD Girl Movement Blog