You sit and ponder, ‘How can Beyonce TOP her own Beychella performance a 2nd time around?” How is this POSSIBLE after she BROKE the INTERNET with her HBCU, unapologetically BLACK and FABULOUS 1st weekend at Coachella? Well she is and she will.
One dancer says there will be some surprises in store for the singer’s forthcoming set Saturday during Coachella’s second weekend.
“Yeah, we’re switching up a couple things, so there could still be a wow factor,” teased Jo’Artis Mijo Ratti, who served as one of Beyonce’s dancers during her weekend-one performance.
Variety spoke exclusively with Ratti about preparations for the complex and meaning-laden performance and what it was like to work with Beyonce herself. (Note: While the first weekend’s performance was livestreamed, the second will not be, a YouTube rep confirmed. Presently there is no site legally streaming Beyonce’s performance, nor are there plans to re-air it, a rep for the singer told Variety.)
The performance was not only wildly exciting to watch, it was loaded with deep references to black culture, particularly the Greek culture at the country’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities — a reference that was further solidified by the singer’s announcement Monday of $25,000 awards to four HBCUs. As a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Ratti also revealed that he “never” expected to be presenting black Greek culture on such a big stage.
“To come in on my first day [of rehearsals] in March and see that the concept was dealing with HBCUs? That was a bit of a process,” said Ratti, whose audition took place in December. “Every day, I took time to be thankful for this opportunity. We’re in America and we already know what we’re dealing with [as African-Americans and in the current political environment], which is why the Divine Nine was built. So to see it presented at Coachella, I was like, ‘Woah. These people have no idea what’s about to happen — they won’t even understand it.’”
The Divine Nine is a collective term used for the nine black Greek-letter organizations that make up the National Pan-Hellenic Council, which was established in 1930 at Howard University. Unlike most intercollegiate fraternities and sororities, the NPHC organizations are a lifetime commitment for its members and even have membership intake after college.
[More on Beyonce’s 2nd show go HERE]