1. Education is the key driver forward
From the pumping horns, colourful costumes and all-encompassing dance troupe, it’s obvious that Beyoncé’s Coachella performance was dedicated to the Historically Black College and University experience. Particularly pinpointing the famous, annual celebration at HBCU’s around the US, that is, ‘Homecoming’.
As per the statement at the end of the film, “So many people who are culturally aware and intellectually sound are graduates of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, including my father.”
“There is something incredibly important about the HBCU experience that must be celebrated and protected.”
Growing up in Houston, it’s likely that Knowles would’ve experienced her fair share of battle-of-the-band shows and college centric events, as she often labelled her Destiny’s Child years as her ‘college’.
But this performance was particularly touching as it educates and celebrates the unapologetic and unrepentant blackness, optimising black respectability and ignoring the white gaze.
Ultimately, Knowles successfully brought this experience to life to her diverse and dedicated fan base, showcasing how the HBCU experience educates and offers hope for black social, economic and political resurgence.
2. Motherhood is not easy
Although we all tend to think she is the perfect superwoman, that isn’t the case, Beyonce is just like us.
In the doco, Beyonce keeps it honest and real as she tells of her pregnancy struggles. During the pregnancy, she had high blood pressure and developed toxaemia (a blood infection) and preeclampsia (sign of liver or kidney damage due to high blood pressure). One of her twins’ heartbeats also paused while in the womb leading to an emergency C-section.
At 218 pounds on the delivery date of her beautiful twins, she had a long hard road ahead to get her body back to performing the way she used to, alongside being a mother of three.
“There were days where I thought I’d never be the same.”
“I’d never be the same physically. My strength and endurance would never be the same
3. Hard work and work ethic is the only way to success
Success doesn’t happen overnight, even for a Queen like Beyoncé, it took 8 months of dedication to put together a two-hour long show.
As Beyoncé says in a voiceover with sweat pouring down her face during a dance rehearsal, “This is grounding, like, no matter who you are, in here is real,”… “That’s why people don’t like to rehearse.”
The documentary shows grabs from various rehearsals leading up to the Coachella performance detailing how Beyoncé would travel from stage to stage during this time to fine tune every detail of the show, even down to how it was filmed.
With 200 people on stage to manage, this was no easy task but with hard work, long hours and dedication her vision was brought to life.
4. Valuing the team around you will bring out the best in you
Although she is renowned as being one of the best, if not the best performer of our generation you would think Beyoncé would know everything about music, dance and performance.
But she is a woman that is constantly aspiring to grow and learn, particularly from her immensely valued team.
Leading up to Coachella, Knowles was constantly inspired by the musicians, dancers, singers, crew members and creative team that closely surrounded her and assisted in putting the show together.
She was particularly inspired by the young black artists who were able to transcend a new perspective to her performance style.
“I wanted different characters. I didn’t just want us all doing the same thing.”
“And the amount of swag is just limitless. Like, the things that these young people can do with their bodies and the music they can play, and the drum rolls, and the haircuts and the bodies… it’s just not right. It’s just so much damn swag.”
5. That where only here for a short time so doing what you love is so important
For Beyoncé, the pure joy the show gave her daughter struck a deep chord, “I feel we made something that made my daughter proud,” she said towards the end of the film.
Blue Ivy is seen singing, ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing’ with her mother supporting and she gets into it insisting she wants to do it again because it “feels good.”
Which ultimately, is why we all should be doing or striving to do something because it “feels good.”
Go jam out to Beyonce’s ‘HOMECOMING: THE LIVE ALBUM’ right here.