When you hear Civil Rights Icon Malcolm X speak saying Black women are the most underrated, disrespected and taken for granted, you know that Beyoncé has crafted a concert experience like none other.
HOMECOMING is the ultimate Bey-chella experience paying homage to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) with over 200 people on stage providing the audience with the a Homecoming experience for your behind. As a graduate of Howard University and former Homecoming Queen for The School of Communications, Queen Bey more than adequately captures that feeling of watching the drumlines, majorettes and headline performance and electric energy of a college homecoming all rolled into one.
Beyoncé even has a fraternity line – The Bug-A-Boos that break down and step like those great greek organizations I watched on “the yard” at The Mecca like the Omega Psi Phi, Kappa Alpha Psi, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta.
Infused with rapid fire visual montages that span her life during the preparation for the concert ranging from family time with the twins, Mr. Carter, rehearsals, prayers and meetings, Beyoncé gets real with voice-overs stating that HOMECOMING is for every person that’s ever been dismissed and making her realization of attending a HBCU like her Dad – Matthew Knowles come to fruition. The transitions are made seamlessly weaved through the words of and music of Nina Simone, Curtis Mayfield, Malcolm X, Maya Angelou, Tessa Thompson, Danai Gurira, and Marian Wright Edelman.
As the first woman of color to headline at Coachella, she brings her Destiny Child’s besties Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland, her hubby Jay-Z, sister and Grammy winner Solange and World of Dance Winners Les Twins along for the ride. Previous concert films from mega-superstars like Madonna (Truth or Dare) and Michael Jackson (This Is It) were entertainment spectacles, but Beyoncé has outdone herself by performing, creating, producing writing and directing this beautifully, heartfelt HBCU tribute that honors women, people of color and the legacy of how this uber gifted young artist has contributed to the industry.
She also lets her guard down on camera for the world to see that even a Superstar is human.
Gaining 218 pounds and plagued with a variety of medical problems with her last pregnancy, she begins to question if her body can withstand the grueling schedule of rehearsing and performing a concert at the quality and pace she was used to before becoming a mother.
Homecoming has left me strangely emotional, because I was subtly reminded that as black women, we come in all shapes, sizes and complexions.
Beyoncé is setting the bar for a whole new generation of young people to know that you can be anything you want to be with hard work and dedication. At the end of the day, you can’t be what you can’t see.
Beyoncé Knowles is changing that narrative with one hip thrust, song lyric and entrepreneurial drive all at once.
If you have never attended a homecoming at a HBCU, now is your chance to get your groove on with the greatest hits of Beyoncé on Netflix streaming right now.