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Early in the film, as a montage of the Coachella crowd plays, Beyoncé notes that she could have brought her “flower crown” to the event, referencing the common fashion choice at the music festival, which might be described as a mix between “hippie” and “hippie chic.” The crowd at Coachella is overwhelmingly Caucasian, so while bringing a “flower crown” may have been a more fitting choice, she chose to offer a cultural experience that was, for many of the attendees, unfamiliar.
Homecoming put the things that black families value front and center: the bodies we recognize as those of our mothers, sisters, aunts; the songs that reverberate around the cookout; the moves from the probate; the educational institutions we revere. So often the eyes of the larger world are only turned to us when our bodies are in pain, in protest, or under the auspices of the brutality of racism. In the documentary, Beyoncé says that she wanted to create something that would make “every person that’s been dismissed because of the way they look feel like they were on stage killin’ [it].” This was Beyoncé’s return to the stage, but it wasn’t entirely about her. Homecoming reminds us that none of us are ever truly home if we are alone.
Documentary - Beyoncé - Viewers - Something - People
In the documentary, Beyoncé exhorts her viewers to keep going, to “make something that heals people and [that] may spark vision in people … that shows them to dream big … that they are limitless.” Her performance, like the Christian life, was not meant to be only about a single performer....
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