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On Saturday, April 15 Netflix partnered with Xavier University of Louisiana (XULA) and recording artist Big Freedia for the upcoming Shondaland series, Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story to present a ‘Spring Waltz’ for students featuring an illustrious performance from New Orleans icon and ‘Queen of Bounce’ herself on the school's campus.
Earlier this week Netflix and Shonda Rhimes announced a remix and music video to the Strong Black Lead “Hey Queen” series featuring a special bounce remix done by none other than Big Freedia. The celebration was a love letter to the royal culture at HBCUs.
The evening was hosted by iHeartRadio personality and songwriter Sheba Songz and included performances from the all-female Original Pinettes Brass Band, as well as from the XULA’s Gold Star Dance team ‘The Golden Starlettes’ and XULA’s Homecoming Court. As a surprise, an unveiling of Xavier University’s first-ever marching band uniform was presented to much fanfare and pride as a gift from Queen Charlotte. The evening’s celebration took place on and around a floral circular stage that was rendered from the crown Queen Charlotte wears in the show. The 20-foot tall crown weighs over 2000 lbs. and has over 1,600 intricate beads as well as 160 metal-cut flowers.
Campus royalty made appearances from Dr. Reynold Verret, XULA’s President, and Patrice Bell, XULA’s Vice President of Administration to the campus queens including Nina Giddens - Miss Xavier University of Louisiana, Aleya Barber - Miss Tuskegee University, Jerika Edwards - Miss Dillard University, and Taverlyn Shepard - Miss Prairie View A&M University. "Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story" is centered on Queen Charlotte's rise to prominence and power. This Bridgerton-verse prequel tells the story of how the young Queen's marriage to King George sparked both a great love story and a societal shift, creating the world of the Ton inherited by the characters in Bridgerton. The series launches globally on May 4 only on Netflix.