Beyoncé Schooling Tina Lawson Is A Lesson We Can All Learn From

Beyoncé's mum had doubts about her Coachella performance. 'I now stand corrected', she says...

Beyoncé Schooling Tina Lawson Is A Lesson We Can All Learn From

by Jazmin Kopotsha |
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As we continue to quiver in the wake of Beychella; the history-making, culture-defining, world-shaking headline set performed by Queen Beyoncé over the first weekend of Coachella, might I propose a terrifying thought. What if that performance didn’t happen? What if, instead of an iconic celebration of black culture that the entire world needed to experience, Beyoncé gave us something else? No HBCU references, no marching band, no step team, no pledging to BDK.

In all honesty, I doubt it would’ve been Beyoncé’s Coachella any other way. She told the crowd mid-performance that she’d been dreaming of this particular show for a year while she was pregnant with the twins Sir and Rumi. The intricacy with which she embedded historic and cultural touch points into her performance are testament to that. But one person who had apprehensions about Bey’s direction was her mum, Tina Lawson.

Tina shared a picture of Beyoncé in her first outfit – a look that was inspired by Egyptian queen Nefertiti – alongside some commentary on her daughter’s performance to Instagram. ‘Saw this written above photo and commentary by: Alisa Adamson Profit and thought I would share it with you’, she wrote in the caption.

‘I 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 because it was something that they might not get. Her brave response to me made me feel a-bit selfish and ashamed.’

She explained that Beyoncé told her: ‘I have worked very hard to get to the point where I have a true voice and 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’.

Tina continued: ‘She said that her hope is that after the show young people would reseach 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 enrol in our amazing Historicaly Black Colleges and Universities. I stand corrected’.

Powerful is an understatement. What Beyoncé had to say holds a sentiment that we should all take something away from. In the simplest of terms, what’s perceived as the easiest option isn’t always the best – I’m pretty sure we had that hammered home back in Primary School. But what Beyoncé told her mum and what Tina learned in the aftermath only echoes the message that Beyoncé, the first black woman to headline at Coachella, carried through her entire performance.

We can't afford to work on the assumption that because the majority might not directly relate or 'get it', the lesser known story shouldn't be told. Black history has taught us that nothing stands a chance of changing if things are left that way. And if it has to be through a series of cleverly crafted Beyoncé songs and a two-hour spectacle with a record breaking number of eyes on it that people are awoken to a part of society that is rarely accepted as mainstream, then I'm here for it.

Granted, some people will get it wrong. Some people won't bother to take a quick look into why Beyoncé and her band, team, choir, pledges, wore black and yellow (clue, it's not just because of the bumble bee reference) before ordering one of those trendy hoodies. But we have to hope that some people will do as was intended; actively come to appreciate and understand a really rich culture, enroll in some of the remaining HBCUs and continue to bridge the gap between the experiences of the white majority and the ethnic minority.

MORE: A Brief History Of The Destiny’s Child Costumes As Designed By Tina Lawson


The Debrief - Destiny's Child Outfits

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The Bandeau Crop Scenario

Because it was compulsory for each band member to wear a little bit of the same material on different areas of their body. See Kelly's cardi and everyone else's harem pants.

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Potent And Pink

Throwback to the era of the statement chunky belt. Hold tight Kelly for taking one for the team and donning the statement trousers too.

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One Fabric, All The Dresses

This gem was taken at the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) Awards back in 2000 and is one of the early examples of Tina Knowles' apparent love of an asymmetric hemline .

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Ladies In Leather

The VMA's afterparty called for a group ensemble too, you know. Is it a coincidence that* The Matrix* was released within a year or so of this outfit's creation? I think not.

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Power Pattern

Not quite Zebra print, not quite leopard print but hey, here's some more of that asymmetric hem action we were talking about earlier.

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Cut Out Queens

For a lesson in how to rock a mid-drift baring cut-out dress, please refer to these impeccably impractical examples.

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Committed To The Print

This look was carried right from Michelle's bra down to Beyonce's pointed toes. Dedication, or what?

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Deeper Shade Of Blue

No words. Just tassels and cowboy hats.

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Earn Your Badge

At the Nickelodeon Kid's Choice awards demonstrating how to encourage more young women to join the Girl Scouts of America. No, those outfits might not be regulation but look how many badges they have!

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Frill Me

Probably the leas matchy, matchy of the lot but we appreciate the shoe to dress coordination.

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Kira Kira Gold

Golden Greek Goddess vibes with this shiny look. Definite inspiration for the Kira Kira app of today.

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Sheer Here And There

Because was a dress worthy of a 2001 red carpet if it wasn't a little see through?

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Lemon Denim Blend

Once again Kelly's out here taking one for the team and wearing a token bit of jean across her body to continue the elaborate lemon on denim tend.

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Orange You Happy To See Me?

The orange, the blue, the tassles, the kind of leather boots? Name a bigger collaborative sartorial statement. I'll wait.

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Off White, And What?

Lets play a game of spot how many patterns and items of embellishment. These girls wear 'extra' so well and we're jealous.

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We're Still Fun But Also Mature

Here's where the trio really tried to demonstrate their individual personalities while also pretty much wearing the same thing. Never not here for Kelly's peek-a-boo mid-drift.

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All For One

And again.

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Plenty Of Purple

I know, bit of a shock to the system seeing them looking like they shopped from different racks at the same store. But if you were to lose one of them at a party they'd still be easily identifiable.

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Spot The Sequins

A little upper body glitter action to connect three actually quite different outfits? We se what you did there guys.

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This was the school talent show dream. The reality was you all wearing dramatically different spangly tops and dresses as stolen from your mums' wardrobes and getting in trouble for trying.

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You Do You And I'll Do Me

Some JLS-style colour block assignment here, as seen on the Destiny Fulfilled And Lovin' It tour.

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This article originally appeared on The Debrief.

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