Now, she’s admitting that she “stands corrected,” as a revealing conversation with the pop star showed her how important it was for her to stick to her vision.
Lawson shared part of an intimate conversation between her and Beyoncé about the historic Coachella set, which drew inspiration from the marching bands, step teams and dance crews of HBCU, or Historically Black Colleges and Universities. “I told Beyoncé 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,” she writes.
“Her brave response to me made me feel a bit selfish and ashamed. She said ‘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.'”
She went on to point out that Bey’s mission was to unite the audience at Coachella and encourage understanding, even if they weren’t familiar with HBCU: “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.”
Read Lawson’s message in full below.