I'M SURE THE BEEHIVE WAS ALL IN ARMS ABOUT BEYONCE'S NETFLIX SPECIAL BUT THOSE OF US WHO AREN'T PART OF THE HIVE HAVE GROWN TO LOVE BEYONCE FOR MUCH MORE THAN THE MUSIC.
Hopefully at this point everyone has saw the infamous Coachella performance by Beyonce. First, let me admit, when I saw the length was two hours I admittedly put it off for two days. (Don't judge me y'all, I have self diagnosed ADD.) However, I made myself settle down to get into this blackity black of greatness.. yes I said blackity black.
I have to also admit that I'm not the biggest Beyonce fan. I fell in love with her debut solo album, Dangerously In Love, but after her B Day album I don't know much of her catalog but what's played on the radio. Hey, I'm honest but it doesn't mean that I can't be a fan of her message and what she represents in the black community.
Listen, HOMECOMING is the epitome of what I constantly strive for in Dream Bella. That is, for those who maybe confused, to relish and embrace every inch of what it means to Black and be a Black Woman. No chaser. No filter. No apologies. She didn't compromise her blackness for Coachella and gave them no choice but to take all that black culture for two hours.
Now of course this isn't Mrs. Carter's first time giving mainstream a impactful awakening to our culture because we saw it when she did the halftime show for the 2016 Superbowl. The militant influence from the Black Panther Party sent the "whypeeple" in a frenzy with her political innuendos, however the Coachella performance was a bit subtle. That could be due to the fact that she already kicked the door in with the Superbowl performance.
We've all attended a "black" homecoming whether we attended a college or not; and to be frank, some of our high school homecomings are just as comparable to college. However, HBCU's (Historically, Black, College or Universities) serve a place in our community where black people are safe to be black and reserve the rights to do so. You see the diversity among each other to learn and build; as well as celebrating what collectively connects us. We get to see ourselves as more than just what's perceived through the media and not have to be misinterpreted.
Her college experience showed the world our movements and mantras as an expression of how we celebrate who we are. Her dancers variation of curves displayed that we don't just acknowledge our women being one size fits all: but our beauty diversity is a symbol to say we can't be duplicated because we're so vast. The styles and looks were to remind them where they get it from and the performance all together was unapologetically in your face.
Homecoming gave a sense of profoundness and sense of fulfillment to see that first opportunity that a influential Black woman headline, they made sure they were going to wholeheartedly represent us all. No whitewash, no commercial. Just straight up "I'm doing this for us" moment.
Beyonce could have easily used that moment to think of herself but she was forward thinking. Forward thinking on how possibly even leveraging her pay for her performance at Coachella could be purposeful for her and us. Yaaaaaaassss Sis, I'm here for it all. The business, the movement and the tribe.