The moment when we all found out that Beyonce was going to headline Coachella, we knew it was going to be one hell of a performance. What we didn’t know was the behind the scenes, reason and mission behind the performance. HOMECOMING: A Film By Beyonce gives us a closer look at her Coachella set and the way in which we see what Beyonce goes through on and off stage.
The way in which Beyonce’s Coachella performance is documented, you really do feel like your immersed into a beautiful musical world that Beyonce creates on that stage. It was stunning and breathtaking with a few surprises that really pulled this whole performance together. She not only created a performance, but she created a cultural movement. A movement so new and so fresh you just couldn’t take your eyes off of it. She wanted the world to know that being an African American woman in this day and age was only going to empower her, not break her down.
What I liked the most about this film, is the way in which it felt like watching a live concert and a look into Beyonce’s life beyond the stage. Most of the screen time is the performance, which does not disappoint in any way. The times when it was not the Coachella performance, really stood out to what Beyonce wanted us to take away from her film. Beyonce took it upon herself and her team to create something beyond a performance but something that could be talked about in the years to come. When it comes to what it means to be a person of color/minority in this day and age, Beyonce showed us, that no matter what you look to others, you take it and embrace it.
Beyonce wanted to create a platform where marginalized groups of people didn’t feel excluded. She wanted a sense of unity between people over every race. As the first African American woman to headline Coachella, she had a lot of pressure under her belt. But Beyonce changed Coachella to Beychella. No doubt about that. She acknowledged men and women of color who made their mark in changing the way we approach racial and social justice issues. It was truly inspiring to watch unfold.
And so, if you didn’t already know, Beyonce just keeps proving to us time and time again that she’s indeed Queen Bey. Her coachella performance is so stunning and authentic, she’s changed the game for the years to come, no doubt. She’s an example of how we as a country can continue to move forward to create a diverse and inclusive place.
HOMECOMING: A Film By Beyonce is now streaming on Netflix