Homecoming has always been a huge deal and celebrated at colleges and universities across the States. Though the focus and theme of the concert showcased a homecoming experience, Beychella really showcased a part of HBCU Greek Life that makes the experience of attending HBCU’s so attractive. Don’t get me wrong, there will always be a campus/student life component people are searching for, but at the end of the day, it’s about a sense of community and belonging that will always be a winning factor. I mean come on what’s not to love about a community of Black people coming together and doing very Black things while minding their own Black ass business.
In case you missed it Beyoncé’s ‘Homecoming’ had roughly 1.1 million viewers stateside. I can proudly say that I am apart of that 1.1 million and I have put in approximately 22.83 hours into watching the film since it’s release. I am in love all things Beyoncé and this film solidified that love even further. Homecoming embodies every black ass thing I love. Our culture, music, black greek life, dance, Beyoncé, black people, the black narrative from a black womxn’s perspective.
Beyoncé gifted us with behind the scenes footage and preparation for her Reign over Coachella, better known as “Beychella.” It’s hard to believe in 2019 that Beyoncé was the first black womxn to headline Coachella Music Festival since its debut in 1999, but then again, not really. The scene drawn by Beychella was pretty much every-black-ass-thing! Homecoming gives the masses just a glimpse into what makes HBC U’s different from all of the rest, which is basically dope ass blackness.
From the very beginning, I was excited and ready to see as much Bey as I would be allowed to by her highness. I had initially seen clips here and there from Beychella on Youtube & Instagram. I already had it in my head as few clips as possible before I would have a chance to take in the full-on experience when a full production viewing was released and then came Homecoming. Homecoming gave me LIFE, meaning, and realization. Can we just talk about the moment that will forever be branded in my mind and brought me to tears? That moment would be at 10:01 in the film Homecoming when Beyoncé is surrounded by blackness and busts out singing Lift Every Voice and Sing. BISSSHH, how dare you?!?
On a side note I was definitely judging all of the Black people that thought that the Black National Anthem was created by Beyonce when they first heard it. I am still appalled at the audacity. If you haven’t gotten yourself educated on the Black National Anthem scroll down to the very bottom of this post and collect your links.
So the music wasn’t new...so the fuck what?!? It was basically 2 magical musical hours of reliving Bey’s ultimate hits, and I’m not mad at it. Not only were we served with our favorites, but we also got to hear most of it remixed, chopped & screwed, the tempo changed, acapella, and so much more which made the performances that much better. It was basically a full-on Beyoncé concert experience where we got to see Solange, Destiny’s Child, her hubby, and family.