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Beyoncé’s Homecoming Concert Makes History

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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.

Octavia Spencer: LeBron James Helped Me Secure Appropriate Pay For Netflix Series

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By: Amadi Taylor

Netflix is staying on stride to diverse programming. The streaming service will soon start a new limited series co-produced by Oscar winner Octavia Spencer and NBA star LeBron James. According to Variety, the two will be partnering on a new show starring Spencer as Madam C.J Walker. The hair care mogul paved the way and broke barriers as America's first Black self-made millionaire.

During a Saturday panel at Sundance Film Festival, Spencer revealed that LeBron James helped her with her Netflix deal. "I have to say when I was negotiating my deal for ‘Madam C.J.,' LeBron James had to intervene," Spencer said. "So we need all our male counterparts to be in the with us."

Octavia used this moment to shed light on advocating for more male allies. At last year's Sundance Film Festival, Spencer acknowledged the pay gap between white women and women of color. It was also revealed that her co-star in the 2011 film The Help, Jessica Chastain, helped Spencer receive five times her original asking amount.

Madam C.J. Walker, the limited series Spencer is set to star in, is based on On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C.J. Walker, a comprehensive bio on the revered mogul, written by her great-great-granddaughter, A'Lelia Bundles.