She came out dressed as a modern Cleopatra. The announcement was made, “Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Beyoncé homecoming 2018,” as a full orchestra and marching band took their place on a giant pyramid structure on the stage. Before she started her first song, Beyoncé changed into something Coachella appropriate; jersey and booty shorts and said “Coachella, y’all ready?” before launching into Crazy in Love.
This show was not just about Beyoncé. It was so much bigger than that, she made it about more than just her career or her, it was about female power, black women and the relentless possibility of self-belief. During her second song; Freedom, she created a literal movement with her orchestra in motion; it felt like a purposeful march. She also performed the black national anthem “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” Everyone who saw the performance would always remember how powerful it was. In a review of the legendary two-hour performance, Jon Caramonica at the New York Times wrote, “There’s not likely to be a more meaningful, absorbing, forceful and radical performance by an American musician this year.”
Beyoncé has always been an excellent spokesperson for black women and has done it graciously, making proud all the women who look up to her, setting an outstanding example and, now she has written herself into history by being the first black woman to headline Coachella.