Mom Warned Beyonce Crowd Wouldn't Get Her Coachella Set

Tina Knowles writes she 'stands corrected'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 17, 2018 2:30 AM CDT
Beyonce Offers $100K in Scholarships to Black Colleges
In this July 19, 2017 photograph taken in Jackson, Miss., Bria Paige, a junior English major at Spelman College, is one of four people awarded Beyonce's Formation Scholars award.   (Justin Sellers/The Clarion-Ledger via AP)

Beyonce plans to make some generous donations to the historically black colleges she honored in her headline performance at Coachella on Saturday. The singer's BeyGOOD initiative will award $100,000 through its new Homecoming Scholars Award program to four institutions, the Los Angeles Times reports. One student each at Xavier University of Louisiana, Wilberforce University, Tuskegee University, and Bethune-Cookman University will receive a $25,000 scholarship for the 2018-19 academic year, reports the AP. Beyonce—the first black woman to headline the festival—paid tribute to the marching bands and step teams at traditionally black colleges during her widely praised performance. Last year, the singer offered scholarships to four "bold young black women.

As for that Coachella performance, Beyonce's mom, Tina Knowles, took to Instagram Monday to admit that she "stand[s] corrected." Knowles writes that she "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. ... 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 ... i have a responsibility to do whats 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." (More Beyonce stories.)

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