Beyonce brings the HBCU Experience to Coachella as the 1st African American women headliner

Beyoncé was not only the first black woman to open Coachella, she also historically kicked off the festival by singing  'Lift Every Voice And Sing,' which is a poem set to music that is also known as the black national anthem. And that was amid a two and a half hour ode to HBCUs, HBCU halftime shows, marching bands, historically black fraternities and sororities, a Destiny's Child reunion, and then a dance-off with sister Solange, a Jay-Z special appearance and a clear artistic history lesson on the ties between modern urban dance and classic jazz dance.

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