It's 2019 - Do We Still Have To Be "Twice As Good?"

April 26, 2019

Beyoncé’s performance at Coachella in 2018 was perhaps the greatest music festival performance of all time.

Her new documentary, “Homecoming,” is a backstage peek at the months of effort that went into creating the incredible, once-in-a-lifetime show, which paid homage to HBCUs and celebrated Blackness on the biggest stage possible. 

Rumors have been circulating that Ariana Grande was paid TWICE as much as Beyoncé for her Coachella performance! Actually, they were paid about the same amount. 

But we’re still side-eyeing the whole situation. Should Ariana have gotten paid anywhere CLOSE to what Bey made?

Ariana is a very talented performer, but those who attended her Coachella set reported that it was essentially the same as her normal shows. She didn’t spend almost a year crafting a unique, breakthrough experience just for Coachella.

Chris Rock has talked about how in his expensive neighborhood in New Jersey, his Black neighbors are some of the greatest performers of all time, like Mary J. Blige. But his white neighbor? A dentist.

The Obamas are the most qualified, educated, accomplished family to ever grace the White House. Their successors? A racist failed businessman and a fashion model. 

Even though it’s 2019, we still have to do TWICE as much to even get the SAME kind of recognition white people get - but nothing’s gonna stop our shine.

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