Describing the importance of Beyoncé’s performance at the Coachella festival on Saturday, April 24, 2018, Myles E. Johnson writes: “In putting on a show that celebrated the diversity of black people, she conveyed that no matter how much fame or money she has, she will refuse to divorce herself from black culture, even the parts that are underappreciated, disrespected or misunderstood by white people. Beyoncé was performing her music, but she was also saying that the performance of respectability — the policing of black people’s behavior and appearance to better appeal to white people — is an oppression we don’t need in our lives. To read the complete essay, click here.
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