Homecoming is a film about American singer Beyoncé and her performance at the 2018 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. It premiered on Netflix on April 17, 2019. Also, Beyonce is the first African American Woman to headline Coachella.
After watching the documentary, I felt like everyone else in the BeyHive…the festival WAS Beychella with the array of sorority stepping giving you a “battle of the bands” vibe. The documentary was over two hours of black representation, black culture, and black excellence. It was a beautiful homage to HBCU’S, and the greats who paved the way featuring the profound words of black thinkers such as Nina Simone, Malcolm X, Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and many more. The icing on the cake was Jay-Z, Solange, and Destiny’s Child blessing us with appearances on the stage performing alongside with Bey.
I’ve always been a fan of Beyonce not only because of her music, but her hustle and drive is UNFUCKWITABLE. And chile, she snatched all my edges with this Homecoming documentary. From the band to the background singers and dancers…the whole performance was phenomenal! Most importantly, it was a beautiful representation of what our culture represents and a beautiful showcase of black history and unity.
Even though you might not be a fan of Bey or think her fans and the Beyhive “do too much”, no one can deny that she is one of the hardest working and most influential ladies in the entertainment industry of all time. Period. There, I said it!
What I love most about the documentary was seeing Beyonce’s softer side, the side behind the scenes and off the stage. She mentioned she was supposed to headline The Coachella Festival in 2017, but she unexpectedly got pregnant with her twins, Rumi & Sir Carter. She was transparent about her hard it was to shake back after having an emergency C-section, health conditions following her pregnancy, and how it affected her body during rehearsals post pregnancy. Reaching 218 lbs during per pregnancy, she went on a strict diet to prepare for Coachella 2018. She spoke truth about re-connecting with herself and juggling her tedious schedule while still keeping her family her number one priority. One line she spoke that stuck to me was “What people don’t see is the sacrifice.”
Watching Homecoming reminded me how proud I am to be a black woman, a BILL GATES IN THE MAKING black woman who will a legacy behind for my future children, grand-children, great-grandchildren and so forth. Beyonce is a woman who is apologetically herself and I’m so thankful that her vibes spreads like wildfire to other women with the same mission as hers- reminding us to be the best version of ourselves. ❤