4 ‘Homecoming' Moments When Beyonce Made Her BLACK GIRL MAGIC Known

In true royal fashion, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter made the world stop on April 17th when she released her Netflix documentary, “Homecoming.” The two-hour long concert film gave us a rare behind-the-scenes look into Beyonce’s history-making Coachella 2018 performance as the first black woman to ever headline the festival which is a #blackgirlmagic worthy moment in itself.

Queen Bey managed to outdo herself yet again with this critically-acclaimed performance as she took us along for a triumphant look back at the highlights of her 22-year career, pieced together with high energy percussions, and unapologetic expressions of black pride. We also got a  look behind the curtains to see not only how relatable she is, but how deeply connected she is to her black identity, and she wants all of us to be, too.

Bey’s performance  put our culture front and center stage while igniting conversations evoking how important it is for us  to celebrate the magic in who we are. Here are our four favorite ways that ‘Homecoming’ made us all rejoice in our Black Girl Magic.

BEYONCE IS UNAPOLOGETICALLY PROUD OF HER BLACKNESS

As the documentary jumps from clips of Queen Bey slaying the stage to the nitty gritty of her behind-the scenes rehearsals, we learn more about the true motivations and intentions behind her performance. One of the first things she makes clear is that the number of performers on stage wasn’t solely intended to create grandeur; rather, her goal was to showcase how dynamic, multifaceted, and beautiful black culture actually is.

The amount of swag is just limitless. The things that these young people can do with their bodies and the music they can play, the drum rolls and the haircuts and the bodies...it’s just not right, it’s just so much damn swag. It’s just gorgeous and it makes me proud.

BEYONCE WANTS BLACK EXCELLENCE CENTER STAGE

When I decided to do Coachella, instead of me pulling out my flower crown, it was more important that I brought our culture.

During ‘Homecoming,’ Beyonce reveals that she always wanted to attend an  HBCU, and how big of an impact Battle of the Bands made on her childhood. She recreated this safe haven, comradery, and fraternal spirit of HBCUs by creating her own sorority, Beta Delta Kappa, on the Coachella stage.

I wanted all of these different characters and I wanted it to feel the way I felt when I went to Battle of the Bands because I grew up seeing those shows and them being the highlight of my year.

And she was sure to include so many other forms of black excellence into her performance -- from classic black line dancing songs like ‘Before I Let Go,’ to popular black dances like her sturdy milly rock, and quotes from some of the most prominent black thinkers, leaders and activists in history including Nina Simone, Toni Morrison, Audre Lorde  and Maya Angelou.

BEYONCE FEELS THE PRESSURE OF BEING A STRONG BLACK WOMAN TOO

Beyonce gets candid about her unexpected pregnancy with her twins Rumi and Sir, her c-section, and her struggles to once again feel comfortable in her own body after giving birth. She also gets real about struggling with work life balance and fighting to give her all to every part of her life, leaving her with little left for herself.

There were days that I thought I’d never be the same, I’d never be the same physically, my strength and endurance would never be the same.

All the while, we witness Beyonce endure over 8 months of rehearsals to produce a performance that doesn’t just speak to black excellence, but to the strength of the undervalued and underrepresented black woman in America.

As a black woman, I used to feel like the world wanted me to stay in my little box...I wanted us to be proud of not only the show, but the process. Proud of the struggle. Thankful for the beauty that comes with a painful history and rejoice in the pain, rejoice in the imperfection and the wrongs that are so damn right.

BEYONCE WANTS BLACK PEOPLE TO GET IN FORMATION

Using marching bands and sorority & fraternity life as the heartbeat of her performance, it’s evidently clear that unity is the takeaway message that Beyonce wants to tell us. Not only do these groups showcase unity in the synergy of their movements and musical instrumentation, but they show it in the hard work and dedication behind-the-scenes that makes the magic of their performance possible.

I know the importance of us feeling like we’re apart of something, and like we’re being spoken to; like it’s it worth it. We all performed with all of our hearts and we performed with love and connection; and we did it together.

Queen Bey has returned to her throne and is proving why she’s so deserving of it by spreading positive affirmations of blackness through what might be one of her biggest performances to date. It’s clear that her ‘Homecoming’ performance was a direct address to black women and the black community as a whole, and we heard her message loud and clear.