When Beyoncè paid tribute to historically black colleges at Coachella, the singer’s grand performance reignited interest in the marching band culture and created shockwaves of excitement to students attending those schools.
From far and wide, some HBCU students are saying Beyonce’s routine was the main topic on their campus this week — even over finals. The singer’s high-energy festival set over the weekend involved a black college marching band, dance troupes and step teams along with her singing “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” known as the national black anthem.
“It’s what everyone has been talking about. All my friends were gushing over it,” said Cierra Johnson, 22, a senior at Clark Atlanta University. The journalism major watched Beyonce’s performance online with her friends (though the superstar’s second performance this weekend at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival will not be streamed for fans).
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