Did I stay up until 3AM to watch the release of Beyoncé’s long-awaited HOMECOMING documentary? …Is an elephant heavy? Of course, I did; and I enjoyed every bit of it. If you haven’t watched the documentary, it’s a definite MUST SEE!
The documentary opens up with the opening scenes from her 2018 Coachella performance, BEYCHELLA. The lights, the costumes, the choreography, ahhh, I’ve missed Beyoncé. The 2-hour long segment is mixed with the moments leading up to the performance. It documents her thought and creative process to put the dynamic show together. Just as we thought, it was an ode to the Black College experience. She took inspiration from Southern University, Prairie View A&M, Florida A&M, Grambling, Hampton, and so many other HBCUs to compile it all into her concert. What as interesting was that she mentioned how she grew up on the campus of Texas Southern. She mentioned how she always dreamed of going to an HBCU, but instead “…Destiny’s Child was my [her] college…life was my [her] teacher…” So, to pay homage to that experience, she gathered a band of musicians, dancers, and other creatives to put together this stunning, breath-taking, and high energy show.
“I wanted every person who may have been put down because of how they look to feel like they were on that stage.” – Beyonce
HOMECOMING also showcases a private side of the Queen that we rarely see. She talked about the struggle that ensued during her recent pregnancy. After giving birth, she got right to work and began the creative process for Coachella. She documented her struggle with weight-loss. After worrying about getting back to her regular strength and endurance, she was triumphant when she was able to fit back into one of her Formation World Tour costumes.
“When I agreed to do Coachella, instead of me pulling out my flower crown, I decided it was more important to bring our culture.” – Beyonce
The documentary was accompanied by an official release of the soundtrack to the 2018 Beychella performance. This is the 4thlive album that Beyoncé has released in her career. Each live album gets better and this one is no exception. The album concludes with her version of a classic, Maze ft. Frankie Beverly’s “Before I Let Go” which has been added to my summer playlist.
Have you watched it yet? If not, what are you waiting on?
From one millennial to another,