These Musicians Risked It All For Social Change

Mariel Loveland | September 10, 2018 2:30 pm

And She Broke Down Barriers For Women of Color In The Music Industry


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Coachella started out as just a music festival, but it grew into a culture that launched an entire season for the fashion industry (hello, festival style). Needless to say, its influence is felt across the nation. Beyoncé used her moment at the renowned festival to call for cultural change. She became the first black woman to headline.

During her headlining set, Bey played a rendition of “Life Every Voice and Sing,” a song that’s previously been referred to as “The Black National Anthem.” “Ladies, are we smart? Are we strong? Have we had enough?” she said, continuing with her theme of female empowerment. Cue a Malcolm X voice-over and Coachella would never be the same.