Last week (April 8), Netflix released Beyoncé’s trailer for her Coachella documentary, titled Homecoming, slated for release on Wednesday (April 17). The clips included showcased the superstar preparing for her groundbreaking 2018 performance and accompanying quotes from Maya Angelou to set the tone of the film.
“What I really want to do is be a representative of my race, of the human race,” Angelou starts. “I have a chance to show how kind we can be, how intelligent and generous we can be. I have a chance to teach and to love and to laugh...”
The documentary itself is bound to be an essential win for the streaming service, but above all, it’s another testament to the air-tightness of Beyoncé’s inner circle. One year later, almost to the day, the singer can drop a surprise trailer to a film that no one knew was even coming.
As the first black woman to headline Coachella in its 19-year history, she was intent on introducing parts of black culture that a substantial fraction of Coachella’s demographic (in attendance, physically) had probably never seen. From the inspired inclusion of a marching band, complete with “majorettes” to the instrumental breakdown of songs like Atlanta rapper Pastor Troy’s trunk-rattling “We Ready,” Beyoncé managed to sprinkle a little HBCU [Historically Black Colleges and Universities] magic throughout Coachella Valley that evening.
The documentary gives fans a thorough view of the work that went into the performance, and it even offers a few shots of her with her family -- including the twins, who are hardly seen. The trailer -- just over a minute-and-a-half -- instantly spurred many theories online and with two days left until the premiere, supporters are still speculating. Here are five things that we’d like to see in Beyoncé’s Homecoming.
The Birth of the Idea
For someone at the pinnacle of her career -- loved by mostly everyone, no matter the race, class or creed -- we’d like to know what inspired Beyoncé to pay homage to the black college experience, especially on this type of platform, in front of a crowd known to be majority white. How did she carry the confidence and the self-assurance that those fans would “get” it? Even her mom, Tina Knowles-Lawson, stated on Instagram that she “was afraid that the predominately white audience would be confused by all of the black culture and black college culture.” To which she responded: “I have worked very hard to get to the point where i have a true voice and At this point in my life and my career i have a responsibility to do what's best for the world and not what is most popular...” Fearless.
Beyoncé’s Involvement With Talent Selection.
During Queen Bey's two-hour set, there were so many musicians, dancers, and performers that helped the legendary star deliver a memorable performance. Beyoncé and her team pulled talent from all corners of the country, to include high school and college students. What level of criteria did one have to meet to perform with Beyoncé -- and was she actually in the room when he or she auditioned?
Blue Ivy Leading Dance Class
Possibly the most talked about clip in the trailer showcases daughter Blue Ivy perched on the edge of a chair in front of a room of dancers, presumably in practice. She leans forward and whips her shoulder-length plaits to the right, then the left as the team behind her follows suit. Is Blue Ivy already set to fill her mom’s shoes? Should we already be preparing for her 2030 takeover?
Beyoncé Hanging out With Her Family
Everyone knows Bey is fiercely private, even when she has a project to promote. She rarely gives interviews, and when she does, it’s strictly by the terms and standards she drafts and has set in place. So whenever we catch a glimpse of Beyoncé outside of her work, it’s quite deliberate. Still, we can never get enough of seeing the wife and mom at peace, just kicking it with her loved ones.
Moments Before the Show Begins
The Lemonade creator has been a star for a very long time. Those who have followed her story, know all about the years of grooming led by her father Matthew Knowles -- so to see her progress and repeatedly raise the bar, it’s a treat for all her longtime supporters. We’ve watched as she’s prayed before shows in other films like HBO’s 2013 documentary Life Is But a Dream. But out of curiosity, it would be interesting to see her just before the music begins and the lights flash on. Does Beyoncé even get nervous anymore?