In April 2018, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter made history as the first Black woman to headline Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.
On Monday morning, Netflix posted on Twitter the trailer of “Homecoming,” a documentary based on Queen Bey’s performance, which took the festival on a journey into Black America:
— Netflix US (@netflix) April 8, 2019
The documentary will be available April 17. On Sunday, the video streaming company tweeted a tease with just the words “Homecoming,” which used some Greek letters.
— Netflix US (@netflix) April 7, 2019
At Coachella, Beyoncé, gave a tribute to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in the U.S. by incorporating a drumline. The performers included alumni of Florida A&M University, Tennessee State University, Alabama State University, Alabama A&M University, Prairie View A&M University, Hampton University, North Carolina A&T University, Norfolk State University, Bethune-Cookman University, University of Georgia, Kennesaw State University and more.
They are members of the show “Drumline Live,” according to Don P. Roberts, creator, director and music director of the show based on the 2002 film starring Nick Cannon.
More than 100 musicians and dancers were behind the artist in a pyramid formation wearing the same colors and showed the crowd how members of the Divine Nine step.
In addition, Beyoncé gave a rendition of “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” written by James Weldon Johnson and often called the Black national anthem. It was performed for the first time by 500 school children on Feb. 12, 1900, in Jacksonville, Fla., in celebration of President Lincoln’s birthday.
In conjunction with her performance last year, Beyoncé also established a Homecoming Scholars Award Program for the 2018-2019 academic year through her BeyGOOD initiative. Four HBCUs received $25,000: Tuskegee University, Bethune-Cookman University, Xavier University of Louisiana and Wilberforce University.
#BeyonceHomecoming is trending on Twitter and fans have signaled out portions of the documentary that features Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s daughter, Blue Ivy, imitating her mom’s dance moves, and their twins, Rumi and Sir Carter:
— Natayiu (@natayiu) April 8, 2019
Rumi and Sir Carter from #BeyonceHomecoming trailer
— Scene Cut ? (@SCENECUT) April 8, 2019