When Beyoncé conquered Coachella final yr — in essence, rebranding the Indio, Calif., competition as Beychella — she got here to high school the predominantly white plenty about black tradition.
“As a substitute of me pulling out my flower crown, it was extra essential that I introduced our tradition to Coachella,” says Beyoncé in “Homecoming,” the brand new Netflix film — and accompanying stay album — that paperwork her two historic performances on the competition, which is at the moment 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, remodeling Coachella right into a homecoming celebration within the HBCU (traditionally black school and college) custom. You are feeling the spirit of Morehouse and Spelman and Howard College taking on 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 go together with the film premiere early Wednesday. “My school was Future’s Baby. My school was touring world wide, and life was my trainer.”
Now she’s education us: The Twitterverse is buzzing like a Beyhive over the “solely girl who might truly upstage the Mueller report drop.”
And “Homecoming” doesn’t disappoint.
When Beyoncé goes from her powerfully, politically charged “Freedom” into “Raise Each Voice and Sing,” often called the “black nationwide anthem,” her voice will not be solely piercing the California sky, it’s piercing the minds of some who may not have have ever heard the tune by brothers James Weldon Johnson and John Rosamond Johnson. And it’s a second that may fill African Individuals who already know “Raise Each Voice and Sing” with a lot black delight.
From the second Queen Bey struts to the principle 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 equivalent to “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 shifting in unison on a stage crammed with rafters formed right into a pyramid. Behind-the-scenes footage additionally reveals 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 Baby — Solange joins B onstage for a sister-to-sister dance-off throughout “Get Me Bodied.” After they collapse into giggles on the finish, you possibly can really feel all of the love.
The “Love on High” finale is “devoted to my unbelievable Beyhive,” as an a cappella Beyoncé offers option to a joyous singalong. She got here, she conquered, she schooled.