The most disrespected person in America is the Black woman, the most unprotected person in America is the Black woman, the most neglected person in America is the Black woman.”– Malcom X
I know that I might get an eye roll or two, but Queen Bey has some serious depth! She is not just the cookie cutter pop singer that everyone makes her out to be. Yesterday, around two o’clock, I got to experience Coachella, excuse me Beychella, for myself. Now, you have to commend Beyoncé for being the first black woman to headline Coachella – I personally felt like I was actually there in the desert for the entire performance thanks to Netflix!
I get that people see her as just a performer, but the new Netflix documentary showed her in a completely new light! The behind-the-scenes look at the historic performance was riddled with famous quotes and audio from famous black civil right leaders, including but not limited to Malcolm X and Maya Angelou!
Later in the documentary, she reveals that if she attended college that she would have gone to a Historically Black College or University (HBCU), however because she experienced fame at a young age, she says Destiny’s Child was her college. Her entire performance was dedicated to HBCU’s during homecoming.
Mrs. Knowles-Carter seemed completely relatable for the telling behind-the-scenes footage, she unveiled that at a point she felt vulnerable because she was juggling motherhood and having a career, but she managed to conquer both! She even had a strict diet to get back into shape after she had the twins – no bread, no carbs, no sugar, no meat and much more!
The quote above was one of the most powerful one’s that was mentioned in the documentary. Which, actually made me sit back and think about how accurate the quote is – even to this day. I, as a black woman, will never be taken seriously in the workplace. I, as a black woman, will always be underrepresented and misrepresented in the media. I, as a black woman, will always be told that my skin is too dark and too ugly.
Beyoncé made sure to be extremely inclusive in her performance. I once looked upon European beauty as the standard of being gorgeous – straight hair, and light skin. In Homecoming, there are an array of different skin tones and hair textures – Kelly Rowland and Solange even sported natural hair. I felt extremely empowered that my black was beautiful, that I was showcased – even though I wasn’t there.
With special appearances from Jay-Z, Destiny’s Child and Solange – Bey’s performance was completely memorable for years to come! I was expecting this documentary to be very, dare I say, shallow. I didn’t expect any depth at all, but I’m also not a huge Beyoncé’ fan either – I don’t dislike her, but I just adore Jay-Z a little more. I have to say that Homecoming was wonderful, definitely a good watch!
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