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.
BEYONCE WANTS BLACK EXCELLENCE CENTER STAGE
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.