In a post on her Instagram page, Tina Lawson revealed she tried to talk Beyoncé out of her HBCU-themed Coachella performance.
Mama T admitted that she thought the predominantly white audience wouldn’t “get it,” but Bey stood firm in her decision and told her mother:
I have a responsibility to do what’s best for the world and not what is most popular.
Read Ms. Tina’s full post below.
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 what’s 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 ❤.