August 22, 2019

Beyoncé Celebrates Black Excellence in "Homecoming"

“In April 2018, Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter stood in her full goddess glory and drawled, “Coachella, you ready?”

The music festival wasn’t ready, nor was the world, for what the pop star turned out: two nights of performances that were as much about history as they were history in the making.
Thanks to Netflix, we now have some insight into the performance that launched a thousand think pieces.

“Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé,” premiered early Wednesday and it was the fulfillment of all the ancestors’ hopes and dreams. Beyoncé also dropped “Homecoming: The Live Album.”
Written, directed and produced by the singer, and shot over eight months, the Netflix project is part concert film, part documentary with a behind-the-scenes look at the two weekend performances which made her the first black woman to ever headline the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.

Beyoncé makes history with Coachella performance
And it was one for the ages.

“Beychella” took up the entire stage, complete with an orchestra culled from historically black college and university (HBCU) band members, dancers, themes related to African-American culture and her stirring rendition of the black national anthem, “Lift Every Voice and Sing.””

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