Nothing saves the day like Beyoncé.
To make life during self-distancing a bit easier, Netflix’s editorial manager, Jasmyn Lawson suggested we all get together and stream queen Bey’s award-winning documentary, Homecoming, and the idea had social media going UP.
— Jasmyn (@JasmynBeKnowing) March 16, 2020
Homecoming follows the superstar’s preparation for the 2018 Coachella music festival where she became the first Black woman to ever headline the festival.
To prepare for tonight’s “stay at HOME-coming” virtual watch party here are 5 takeaways from the iconic performance that had viewers in awe:
- The intentional Blackness. She purposely opened the show with “Lift Every Voice and Sing”- the national Black anthem may not have resonated with everyone in the crowd or those watching, but Beyoncé used her platform to pay homage to the ancestors who paved the way to allow moments like these.
- They rehearsed for eight months. After committing to Coachella the year following her traumatic pregnancy and delivery, Beyoncé had to retrain her body to perform.
- She directed the show with film in mind. A true visual queen, Beyoncé knew there would be live-stream viewers and wanted them to feel like they were there.
- The ode to HBCUs. Although Beyoncé didn’t attend college, she has roots in HBCU’s with her father being a graduate of Fisk and spending a chunk of her life practicing at Texas Southern University, a school she admits to “dreaming of attending” in the documentary.
- The nostalgia. Beyoncé, being the true queen that she is, shared her biggest moment with those who have shaped her career. For the first time in years, fans received a Destiny’s Child reunion with Kelly and Michelle joining her for hit songs like Say My Name and Soldier. Her equally talented baby sis Solange also stole the show when they playfully danced to “Get Me Bodied.” And finally, the cameo from her hubby and rap legend Jay Z really took us back to the BET’s 106 & Park and MTV’s TRL days where their hit Déjà vu first debuted.
The #StayAtHOMEcoming virtual watch-party kicks off tonight at 9 pm EST (6 pm PST) and viewers are encouraged to use the hashtag #HOMEcoming to tweet along with the show.
This shows, yet again, the power Beyonce’ has to bring us all together even in the midst of a pandemic.