On April 17, I tuned in to Netflix (at 3 a.m. ET sharp) and watched the journey Beyonce’ embarked on to create her historic 2018 Coachella performance. I, unlike many of you, did not watch the livestream last year so “Homecoming” the documentary was a refreshing new treat filled with precious moments of rich culture.
From paying homage to the historic marching bands and dancers at the nation’s historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) to demonstrating the resiliency, beauty and sacrifice embedded in the Black experience, Beyoncé’s newly released documentary Homecoming is a testament to the Black culture the unique way that it is celebrated at HBCUs. And did y’all see the costumes?!
I have a lot of respect for Bey. She has worked hard over her 22-year career to be the best performer in R&B/Soul and Pop music. And along the way, she has never lost sight of her humble beginnings in Houston, TX. Her art reflects what it’s like to be a southern Black woman, which is what I am. And it’s good to see our uniqueness expressed to the world on such a big platform. Who else other than a Southern Black woman would be the business mogul, mom and wife and have millions of people in America packing hot sauce in their bag and eating at Red Lobster? Tuh! Mad respect! New quote:
“If my country ass can do it, anyone can.”
She even blessed us with a live album, which is almost becoming a lost art form in the days of digital and trap music. My favorite joint on the live album is “Lift Every Voice,” which leads into “Formation.” ✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾👸🏾 This version of the Black National Anthem is now a staple like Whitney Houston’s Star Spangled Banner. Share your favorite tracks or moments in the comment section below.
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