Last year this time, Beyoncé stood in her full glory and chanted, "Coachella, you ready? "Till this day I still stand and say that the music festival wasn't ready, neither the rest of the world, for what the pop star had in store for us. All thanks to Netflix, we now have some understanding into the performance that launched a thousand questions.
Homecoming is a Film by Beyoncé, which premiered at 9am Wednesday in South Africa on Netflix and this was a fulfilment of all our ancestors hopes and wildest dreams. In true Beyoncé style she also dropped, Homecoming: The Live Album. The film was directed, written and produced by the popstar over a period of 8 months. The film gives a behind the scenes look at the two weekend performances which made her the first black woman to ever headline Coachella. Beyoncé used the platform to highlight the culture that Historically Black Colleges and Universities holds. The pyramid stage was complete with an orchestra, band members, dancers and themes related to African-American culture and her singing the black national anthem “Lift Every Voice and Sing" which at the end of the film we hear Blue Ivy sing and admits she wants to sing it again because it feels good. For nearly two hours, Beyoncé reminded us why we her fan base, also known as the Beyhive, loses it when she so much as posts a photo on Instagram with or without a caption.
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Homecoming lets the world know how intentionally and lovingly being black is. The film is filled with quotes from famed black intellects, as well as audio snippets in which Beyoncé shares her experiences and how her Coachella performance came to be. The experience was filled with emotion and gratitude that such a huge superstar would use her celebrity status to share the beauty, pain and joy of being black. In the film, Beyoncé gets excited when she fits in one of her costumes from her Formation World Tour. What I took from that, is that we have put Beyoncé on such a high pedestal that we have forgotten that she is still human. Jay Z appears several times and all the time he is in awe of his wife and how brilliant she is.
In Homecoming, Beyoncé let’s us in on her diet which does not include carbs, alcohol, dairy and sugar to prepare for Coachella. Being the perfectionist that she is, she controlled every aspect of her Coachella performance, right down to the beading on the costumes. It was a struggle, not only because of the other things involved in making the performance happen, but also because it occurred months after she had given birth to her twins. Beyoncé also shares her desire to be with her growing family, even as she worked hard to give her audience the show that had been delayed a year because of her being pregnant.
“I know the importance of us feeling like we’re a part of something, like we’re being spoken to, like it’s worth it,” Beyoncé tells us in the film. “We all performed with all of our heart, and we performed with love and connection, and we did it together.” This statement clearly depicts how proud she is of her work. Homecoming is a true testimony of hard work.