HΘMΣCΘMING

Beyoncé rising above everything like the queen she is.

Point blank: if you don’t know I like Beyoncé, just forget everything you know about me and start over. As long as I’ve been alive, Beyoncé, whether as a solo artist or as a member of Destiny’s Child, has been producing my favorite music. “Crazy in Love” is probably the first song I ever memorized. My mom and I always listen to “B-Day” on our road trip to see my cousins. People I don’t know from middle school probably know my routine to “Single Ladies” that I used to do at parties. I met one of my best friends in high school listening to the self-titled album. “Lemonade” helped me get over a bad crush. Long story short, Beyoncé’s music is the soundtrack to my life. On a Sunday morning last year, my Twitter feed flooded with the next great triumph of Queen Bey: her performance at Coachella. So I kicked out my problematic roommate and had a great time.

Beyoncé’s show at Coachella was engineered at every level for black people. It specifically focuses on our country’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), which hold an esteemed reputation in back culture. Beyoncé took the sonic and visual vernacular of these institutions in all of their glory and translated it into a two hour performance. Everything from the booming horns of the marching band to the Greek letters so strongly tied to the Divine Nine fraternities and sororities is honed to evoke the feelings of a place designed for people like you. Songs that have marked every phase of my life are included among this landscape designed to make me feel at home.

One year later, the Bey Hive was given a gift from that epic performance. A live album and a film that shows not only the concert in its entirety, but also behind the scenes footage of how it came to be. Needless to say, this makes me happy.

The film is an absolute marvel- showing the lengths Beyoncé went to in order to create such a spectacle. How she planned every last detail, strived for precision in the slightest of steps, and demanded perfection from herself. The film also immortalizes that moment in pop culture so I can go back and watch with my family. The album captures the energy of that moment with every stomp on stage and scream from the crowd. In a few years, people’s kids will listen to this on Saturday morning when they’re cleaning the house.

In short, if you need an hour or two to just get your life together and find your center, watch and listen to magnificence that is Beyoncé’s Homecoming.

About the Author

Andrew Walker Watson is a junior International Studies Major. He loves Brazilian rap music, discovering useless facts, and, naturally, writing. If he could ever stop staring out into space, he would like to start a global movement to change the world and guest host Saturday Night Live.
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