Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé (2019)
April 19, 2019 10:18 AM - Subscribe

This intimate, in-depth look at Beyoncé's celebrated 2018 Coachella performance reveals the emotional road from creative concept to cultural movement.

The celebration of collective creativity in Beyoncé’s Homecoming:

Netflix’s Homecoming debuts almost three years after the cultural-epoch heralding Lemonade, and a year after Beychella – a moment, a mood, Lemonade’s progeny in black celebration and artistry. Homecoming not only documents history, but celebrates the joy in creating, within purpose, and the fulfilment in sharing that joy, infusing it within others. Homecoming chronicles the collective movement in artistry.
posted by bleep (5 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
A microcosm of the HBCUs it pays homage to, there is a collegiate feel of bonding, growing, and learning together. We are given a glimpse of what a team of over 200 looks like during eight months of tireless rehearsals, of striving for perfection towards a project with meaning, that will impact the world positively and – culturally speaking – irrevocably. The alchemy of a joint purpose and diligently sourcing the best of your capacity to produce it forges an electric camaraderie that the audience can feel through the screen.

This love is woven through, not only in the performance of Beychella, but the mechanics behind it, from the band to the dancers. Beyoncé allows their creativity to glow on their own within the tapestry of her artistry.

posted by bleep at 10:30 AM on April 19, 2019

I'm so in love with the way Beyoncé is running her stardom, doing the whole thing in her own way, not just going along with the old pop star career arc template.
posted by bleep at 11:09 AM on April 19, 2019 [1 favorite]

I absolutely loved this and wish the phenomenon of Beyoncé had been around when I was growing up. This part:

"Ladies. Ladies. Ladies. Are we smart? Are we strong? Have we had enough of the bullshit?"

Made me cry.
posted by Orange Dinosaur Slide at 12:56 PM on April 20, 2019 [1 favorite]

I've been followign some interesting discussions about the moment when she talks about her extreme dieting practices and how she's hungry, trying to fit into her old costumes. It's a bit disappointing that for all the "I slay" empowerment, shefeels that she can't comfortably inhabit a larger body than her pre-baby one.
posted by TwoStride at 6:31 AM on April 23, 2019 [3 favorites]

Finally watched the whole thing after being cut off halfway through while travelling, it was such a joyful celebration, absolutely loved it.
posted by ellieBOA at 8:06 AM on May 12, 2019

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