“As a substitute of me pulling out my flower crown, it was extra vital that I introduced our tradition to Coachella,” says Beyoncé in “Homecoming,” the brand new Netflix film — and accompanying dwell album — that paperwork her two historic performances on the pageant, which is at present between weekends. Of being the primary African-American girl to headline Coachella, she quips, “Ain’t that ’bout a bitch?”
However Bey being Bey, she used the chance to stage a rousing revolution, reworking Coachella right into a homecoming celebration within the HBCU (traditionally black school and college) custom. You’re feeling the spirit of Morehouse and Spelman and Howard College taking up the desert in waves of black lady — and boy — magic.
“I all the time dreamed of going to an HBCU,” says Beyoncé, who additionally dropped one other shock LP, “Homecoming: The Reside Album,” to associate with the film premiere early Wednesday. “My school was Future’s Youngster. My school was touring around the globe, and life was my instructor.”
Now she’s education us: The Twitterverse is buzzing like a Beyhive over the “solely girl who may really upstage the Mueller report drop.”
And “Homecoming” doesn’t disappoint.
When Beyoncé goes from her powerfully, politically charged “Freedom” into “Carry Each Voice and Sing,” referred to as the “black nationwide anthem,” her voice is just not solely piercing the California sky, it’s piercing the minds of some who won’t have have ever heard the track by brothers James Weldon Johnson and John Rosamond Johnson. And it’s a second that can fill African People who already know “Carry Each Voice and Sing” with a lot black delight.
From the second Queen Bey struts to the primary stage with a military of dancers to open with “Loopy in Love,” her 2003 debut solo hit, she is representing the black expertise. Beyoncé hones in on the HBCU theme with marching-band preparations all through the present, a drum line and a few Balmain gear emblazoned with the letters of her personal sorority, Beta Delta Kappa.
Among the most thrilling dancing — on bangers reminiscent of “Sorry” and “7/11” — comes straight from the stepping college of black fraternities and sororities. On the dance jam “Get Me Bodied,” you possibly can really feel the communal energy of over 200 individuals transferring in unison on a stage crammed with rafters formed right into a pyramid. Behind-the-scenes footage additionally exhibits you all of the work that goes into making such “wow” moments.
In one of the best of the cameos — which embody Beyoncé’s husband Jay-Z and a reunited Future’s Youngster — Solange joins B onstage for a sister-to-sister dance-off throughout “Get Me Bodied.” Once they collapse into giggles on the finish, you possibly can really feel all of the love.
The “Love on Prime” finale is “devoted to my unimaginable Beyhive,” as an a cappella Beyoncé offers method to a joyous singalong. She got here, she conquered, she schooled.