5 Lessons Learned from Beyoncé’s ‘Homecoming’
By: CeCe Marie
Beyoncé is smart enough and strong enough to make millions, bear children and then get get back to business. Her performance at the 2018 Coachella festival is living proof of this.
This week Beyoncé showed that she didn’t just wake up flawless and ready for her performance. Mrs. Carter broke the internet with the release of her Neflix documentary ‘Homecoming,’ which showcases the grueling 8 month preparation for her ground-breaking and heartfelt performance. The queen was the first black woman to headline the festival and the performance also marked her return to the stage after giving birth to twins Rumi and Sir Carter. Both milestones set the bar for what the media and the Beehive quickly coined as Beychella. With all of this at stake, Queen B got on her ‘A’ game to remind us why she fucks it up and then leaves, comes back, fucks it up and leaves again.
Beyoncé created her own homecoming for the theme of her record breaking performance. Her team of “characters,” as she called them, consisted of singers, dancers, an orchestra, live band, drum-line, steppers and a baton twirler. Let’s also not forget her day-1 teammates,which included her sister Solonage, her Destiny’s Child bandmates Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams, and her soulmate and life partner Jay-Z. Instead of focusing on her business, the superstar built a team. She constructed a platform for creatives to showcase their art and she created a community that shared an experience they will never forget.
Reliving Beychella during the documentary was the perfect recipe of inspiration that I needed this week. Not going to lie, the film sparked my emotional side and definitely brought tears to my eyes. Not only did it make me proud to be a black woman, but there were a few lessons I took away from the two hour experience.
1. Your work can leave an impact and remain relevant after it is produced
The queen resurrected her performance a year later, making herself and Beychella a trending topic on the internet for a second year in a row. She also produced a new body of work that she dropped with the documentary, her 40-track live album from the event. So not only did she bring back her history making performance, but she also gave us her very own live greatest hits album from the show. Oh and let’s not forget that she dropped a bonus track, “Before I Let Go,” her own rendition of the hit from Frankie Beverly and Maze with a touch of Cameo’s song “Candy”. I can already predict this love letter for the black culture will be played at all the summer cookouts and that it will become the new electric slide for the Millennial generation.
2. Women can have it all
Beyoncé’s brand has always represented female empowerment. The documentary allows women to identify with the queen as a career woman who balances being a wife and mother. Beychella was the first time she returned to the stage after giving birth and the Netflix film revealed that B had a tough pregnancy with the twins (high blood pressure and preeclampsia), which resulted in an emergency c-section. The singer gets vulnerable with viewers stating, “A lot of the choreography is not technical, it’s about feelings. And that’s hard when you don’t feel like yourself. I had to rebuild my body from cut muscles. It took me awhile to feel confident enough to freak it and give it my own personality. In the beginning it was so many muscle spasms. Just internally, my body was not connected…My mind wanted to be with my children. What people don’t see is the sacrifice. I would dance and go off to the trailer and breasted the babies. And the days I could, I would bring the children.”
3. Personal boundaries and self assessment are a priority
Beyoncé said she’ll never push herself that hard again. Success demands hard work and sacrifice, but it also demands self-reflection. Mrs. Carter recognized that she pushed herself further then she thought she could, but she also learned that this is something she will never repeat. Boundaries are the foundation of self love and self respect.
Create something that will live beyond you and make an impact for your community. In the film, Beyoncé says, “I feel we made something that made my daughter proud, made my mother proud, my father proud, all of the people that are my brothers and sisters around the world and that’s why I live.
“So I studied my history, I studied my past, and I put every mistake, all of my triumphs–my 22-year career–into my 2-hour Homecoming performance.” – Beyoncé
Be a continuous student in life. Never stop learning, processing and growing from your experiences. Everything happens for a reason and you can take your pain and lessons learned and turn them into power. Let your past inform your present and future, but don’t be trapped by it.
After watching the documentary I realized that Beyoncé doesn’t make you want to be her, she makes you want to be the best version of yourself. She sparks a vision in others that encourages them to dream big. Queen B reminds us that the sky is the limit and that you going hard for your shit will make others want to go hard for theirs. Thank you Mrs. Carter for inspiring me to write this blog and to get back to business. #WeWorkin.