Beyoncé’s ‘Homecoming’ Doc On Netflix Is Black Excellence

Beyoncé makes history with Coachella performance
And it was one for the ages.
“Beychella” took up the entire stage, complete with an orchestra culled from historically black college and university (HBCU) band members, dancers, themes related to African-American culture and her stirring rendition of the black national anthem, “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”
There were also guest appearances by her fellow Destiny’s Child members, her sister Solange and her husband, rapper Jay-Z.
For nearly two hours, Beyoncé reminded us why her fan base, known as the Beyhive, loses it when she so much as posts a photo on Instagram.
But while the uninitiated may have thought they were just enjoying a hell of a Beyoncé concert, “Homecoming” lets it be known how intentionally and lovingly black it all was.
Filled with quotes from famed black intellectuals, as well as snippets of an audio diary in which the superstar shares how and why her Coachella performance came to be, “Homecoming” is a love letter to HBCUs (the title alone is a nod to the importance of homecomings on black campuses with its band and drumline performances, as well as sorority and fraternity events).
For that reason, special advance screenings were held for students at some of the venerable HBCUs, including Spelman and Morehouse in Atlanta and Howard University in Washington DC.
There was plenty of “swag surfing” (a popular dance done at concerts) by attendees and singing along with the hits.
There was also a plethora of emotion and gratitude that such a superstar would use her celebrity to share the beauty, pain and joy that is the black experience.
Far from shying away, Beyoncé has embraced her blackness and issues of race.
Her 2016 visual album “Lemonade” was critically acclaimed and lauded for its themes of black feminism, love, betrayal, empowerment, tribalism and family.
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Weeks before that album’s release, her costume references to the Black Panthers during her Superbowl halftime performance outraged police unions and led to calls to boycott her performances (something that didn’t come to fruition).
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It hasn’t stopped either the singer or her husband from continuing to use their influence to shed light on the state of people of color.
He is the executive producer of “Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story,” a six-episode unscripted series devoted to the 2012 killing and subsequent trial of George Zimmerman for the shooting death of the teen.
In January, the rapper was part of a group of sports and business leaders who launched an organization to try and reform the criminal justice system.
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Jay-Z appears in “Homecoming” at points seemingly in awe of his wife as task master.
A perfectionist, she controlled every aspect of the Coachella performance, right down to the beading on the costumes.
It was a struggle, not only because of the multitudes involved in making the performance happen, but also because it occurred months after she had given birth to her twins, Rumi and Sir (daughter Blue Ivy is 7).
In “Homecoming,” Beyoncé shares her desire to be with her growing family, even as she worked diligently to give her audience the show that had been delayed a year because of her pregnancy.
She presents a performance that was so unapologetically black that even her mother, Tina Knowles Lawson, said in an Instagram post at the time that she “was afraid that the predominately white audience at Coachella would be confused by all of the black culture and Black college culture because it was something that they might not get.”
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Saw this written above photo and commentary by: Alisa Adamson Profit and thought i would share it with you https://apple.news/AmQP7CFzMQOS7gDDGvfigMw ❤️❤️I told Beyonce that i was afraid that the predominately white audience at Coachella would be confused by all of the black culture and Black college culture because it was something that they might not get. Her brave response to me made me feel a-bit selfish and ashamed. She said i have worked very hard to get to the point where i have a true voice and At this point in my life and my career i have a responsibility to do whats best for the world and not what is most popular ” She said that her hope is that after the show young people would research this culture and see how cool it is, and young people black and white would listen to ” LIFT EVERY VOICE AND SING and see how amazing the words are for us all and bridge the gap. She also hopes that it will encourage young kids to enroll in our amazing HIstorically Black Colleges and Universities . I stand corrected ❤️

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“Her brave response to me made me feel a-bit selfish and ashamed,” Lawson wrote. “She said i have worked very hard to get to the point where i have a true voice and At this point in my life and my career i have a responsibility to do whats best for the world and not what is most popular.”
“Homecoming” is a testament to that hard work.

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