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Tina Lawson says she thought white people would be confused by Beyonce’s Coachella performance


Larry Busacca/Getty Images for CoachellaBeyoncé‘s stunning performance at Coachella over the weekend was more than just a Destiny’s Child reunion. 

According to Bey’s mother, Tina Lawson, her daughter’s decision to highlight “Black College culture” was always the intended focus — but one Mrs. Lawson felt might be missed by a “white audience.”

In an Instagram post, Bey’s mom shared an image of her daughter at Coachella, with a quote from attorney Alisa Adamson Profit.

“She took us to Wakanda, church, a HBCU Classic, Battle of the Bands, the ultimate probate/step show and more,” the post reads. 

“She had an Orchestra, a full band, a drum line, a choir, and a bazillion dancers. She is the first black female to headline Coachella and she killed it.”

Lawson then added her own commentary on Bey’s performance, and how her daughter responded to her critique.

“I told Beyoncé 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,” Lawson wrote. “Her brave response to me made me feel a bit selfish and ashamed.”

Lawson says Bey felt compelled to highlight black college culture as a way to “encourage young kids to enroll” in HBCUs.

“She said…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….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.”

After writing her daughter’s response, Lawson simply added, “I stand corrected.” 

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