By: Amadi Taylor
I actually stayed up to watch the release of Beyoncé’s documentary on Netflix, Homecoming. It was the perfect mix of intimate details as well as her Coachella performance. Beyoncé was the first Black woman to headline Coachella in 2018 and gave a historic performance.
During the two-hour set, the pop queen sang more than 25 songs and had multiple costume changes in a tribute to homecoming performances at historically black colleges. About 100 musicians and dancers filled the ‘Beychella’ stage during the performance, including brass and string players, a drum line and a baton twirler.
I could relate to Beyoncé’s performance on many levels, I’m from ‘The South’ and watching different marching bands was a favorite pastime. I also graduated from Howard University, one of the top HBCUs in the nation. I was proud to see Black culture displayed gracefully and in such a rich manner, I couldn’t stop smiling. She showed unity in HBCUs, her family, and Black people overall.
Beyoncé shared with us her pregnancy in her September issue of Vogue and mentioned in this documentary, the struggles she went through with having her twins. On the road to Coachella, she discusses being a working mom and having a hard time separating her mind from her children.
The editing and transitions of the two weekends and into the behind-the-scenes were amazing. I could feel the energy through the screen and it seemed as if I was watching one show. Beyoncé picked every single part of this performance and directed it as well and it shows. We are able to see her passion for musicality, and that she loves what she does.
Homecoming was everything I wanted it to be. Homecoming is out now on Netflix.