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When the world got the first message of Beyoncé headlining one of the biggest music festivals in the world, we literally stopped and didn’t really know how to carry on (pun intended.) Its been a year since we experienced the Black Girl Magic epicness of the Homecoming at Bey University. As the first African-American woman to headline in the history of Coachella, which has been held annually in Indio, Calif. after launching in 1999, the pressure was truly on and we’ve now been able to get a small glimpse inside the extensive process leading up to the history making moment.
“It’s my first time coming home, on the stage, after giving birth,” Beyoncé tells us. “I’m creating my own homecoming. And it’s hard.”
Knowles didn’t take the task lightly and dug deep into her soul to deliver a message that will stick for the history of the event. Incase you have been under a rock, The Queen Bey based her performance around the abundant culture and history of HBCU’s (Historical Black Colleges & Universities) and the adrenaline pumping art and enchantment of their Homecoming. The show became more than entertainment as it exudes a true revelation and elevating experience into a world so precious and monumental. Marked as the returning performance after a tough pregnancy of twins Rumi and Sir, she “pushed herself to limits that she’d never ever go to again” to not only begin for a remarkable journey but to regain the confidence of being the Entertainer she’s profound to be.
“I definitely pushed myself further than I knew I could and I’ve learned a very valuable lesson,” she says. “I will never push myself that far again.”
Realizing the duties she carried throughout her body, she handled it accordingly. So far as taking on a strict diet “limiting myself to no bread, no carbs, no sugar, no dairy, no meat, no fish, no alcohol.” A moment which paid off heavily as she was excited to fit into a sparkly rose fold two-piece costume of hers she wore on her “Formation” tour. “I’m actually in it and I can move,” she says. “I still have a ways to go, but this makes me feel good ’cause I’ve been sacrificing and working hard.” This documentary was extremely pivotal to the stability of not only the culture and history of the Black community, but essential in the timeline to continue to aim us into the direction of excellence.
“Homecoming” is available through the streaming network Netflix.