On Saturday night Beyoncé transformed into the new Denise Huxtable when she treated the world to an HBCU experience with her performance at Coachella. At one point during her set, personified bullhorn DJ Khaled said that Coachella should now be renamed BeyChella in her honor. Nah, let’s just keep the name the same. But seriously, she SLAYED that performance with a marching band, dancers and cameos from her former Destiny’s Child group members Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams. Even Jay-Z put in an appearance, probably because he’s still on a lengthy apology tour in the Carter household (see: Lemonade). So how does she choose to follow up her tribute to black universities? She’s going to grant a few select schools with scholarships totaling $100,000.
First and foremost I’ve never been to Coachella, because that shit is smack dab in the middle of the desert and Benji don’t do dry heat. But I would have gladly sat out there for Saturday’s performance because it reminded me of homecomings I attended at my brother’s college back when I was younger. Beyonce turned that stage into the best half-time show ever performed. And now according to Time she has decided to go extra hard for the culture by giving cold hard cash.
The superstar singer announced Monday the Homecoming Scholars Award Program for the 2018-2019 academic year through her BeyGOOD initiative. She plans to give $25,000 each to Tuskegee University, Bethune-Cookman University, Xavier University of Louisiana and Wilberforce University. One student from each school will receive the
A part of me is like “JUST $100,000?” But Beyonce and Jay Z have both been giving back to charitable causes for years, including donations and housing for victims displaced by Hurricane Katrina, and a trust fund setup for the children of Sean Bell, a young man gunned down by police the morning before his wedding in 2006.
This story about Bey actually having compassion made my eyes sweat a little bit. After seeing her work the stage at Coachella, you couldn’t tell me that she’s not really some kind of robotic android that never shuts off. Kinda like VIKI in the 80s show Small Wonder. That’s why I thought she put the words “pat your weave” in Get Me Bodied. It’s to remind herself to shut down every now and again.