Beyoncé, the Queen of all things, released a documentary on Netflix about the 8-month long process it took for her and her team to prepare for Coachella performance, now named #Beychella. The performance was an ode to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) and the culture that they carry on and protect. HBCUs also produce outstanding scholars and alumnae/alumni like Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, and Spike Lee. There is no doubt about the quality of education at HBCUs, but one part of the documentary caught my eye.
About 1 hour and 40 minutes into the documentary, when Beyonce’s crew was on the bus, one member got up and asked people if they went to an HBCU, if they want to go to college, or if they dropped out of high school. Some people answered ‘yes’ to the first answer, some said ‘yes’ to the second, and a few said ‘yes’ to the third. As someone who loves to learn and as someone who holds two degrees, I know how important education is. As someone who loves life, I know how equally important—and scary—it is to follow your purpose.
For a young person to definitively honor the path that they choose is not a light decision. It may or may not look like school. They may or may not have answers for all the people asking them how it’s going to work out. They may be frightened. They may be joyous. They may be dancing with Beyoncé. They may be Beyoncé.
Degrees do not measure self-worth and a purpose is not always defined by a major. Love and support those kids the same way you love and support students. Keep following your purpose and the right people will see you, you will see you. Honor yourself and do nothing without intention.
“Without community, there is no liberation.” — Audre Lorde