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On April 14, 2018, Beyoncé delivered the performance of her life when she became the first African-American woman to headline Coachella. On two separate nights filled with orchestras, an abundance of dance moves, surprise guest performances, unapologetic blackness and more, Beyoncé was sure to leave her stamp on the festival. Yesterday (April 17), Queen Bey gave her fans the chance to relive both nights through the premiere of her documentary Homecoming.
The 137-minute Netflix film depicts the 37-year-old songstress in her prime. Beyoncé’s 22-year-career has built up to this very moment. The Beyhive gets an exclusive look into Bey’s creative process, clips of intense rehearsals, and inspiring quotes from activists. One inspiring quote that flashes halfway through the film is by African American children’s rights activist Marian Wright Edelman, “You can’t be what you can’t see.”
As if the film wasn’t enough for fans to go crazy over, the Houston native had more up her sleeve. Yesterday (April 17), Beyoncé also debuted her 40-track LP Homecoming: The Live Album.
Elsewhere between all of the glitz, glam, and hard work, there are major life lessons that Beyoncé highlights in her latest documentary. Scroll down for five of the best ones.
1. The Importance of Being Humble
“That’s why people don’t like to rehearse, you have to be humble.”
Quite frankly, when Beyoncé said this, the Beyhive automatically knew that she wasn’t playing any games. Throughout the film, Beyoncé doesn’t shy away from pursuing new ideas and puts an emphasis on vulnerability and humility. Prior to giving birth, Beyoncé weighed in at 218 pounds. She had to rehearse endlessly to feel like Sasha Fierce again, which resulted in humbleness.
2. If You Want Something Done Right Commit 100%
It’s no secret that Queen Bey is the ultimate definition of a boss. Bey’s two-hour headlining set required finetuning of countless details. She proudly states that she is behind every aspect of her show from lighting to the wardrobe. When on the road to success, it’s important to not take any shortcuts.
“I respect things that take work,” Beyoncé begins to explain. “I respect things that are built from the ground up. I’m super specific about every detail. I personally selected each dancer, every light… the height of the pyramid, the shape of the pyramid, every patch was hand sewn. Every tiny detail had an intention.”
3. Success Requires Sacrifice
Over a period of eight months, Beyoncé prepared for the performance of her life. With that being said, it was difficult to balance a then six-year-old and baby twins. To find somewhat of a solution, Beyoncé sacrificed a lot of sleep. She went into detail about taking breaks in-between rehearsals to fulfill her duties as a nurturing mother. Throughout one’s career, the sacrifice may not always be highlighted. However, it’s what people often don’t clap for that are the most important aspects of life.
“My mind wanted to be with my children,” Beyoncé admitted. “What people don’t see is the sacrifice. I would dance, and go off to the trailer, and breastfeed the babies. The days I could I would bring the children.”
4. Self-Discipline Is Not Easy
It’s no secret that Beyoncé has an amazing body. After giving birth to her twins, it was her mission to feel like her old self again. She decided to cut out sugar, fish, bread, carbs, meat, alcohol, and dairy from her diet. In one scene Beyoncé professes “I’m hungry,” but her self-discipline allows her to keep her goal in mind.
5. Aspire To Inspire
“Instead of me pulling out my flower crown, it was more important that I brought our culture.”
Lastly, Beyoncé was adamant about inspiring others on the richness of black culture. She explained the importance of being a representative of the human race. By creating her own lane, Beyoncé proves that she will never be boxed in.
Beyoncé’s ‘Homecoming’ is a celebration of American History.
“As a black woman, I used to feel like the world wanted me to stay in my little box. Black women often feel underestimated.” – Beyoncé
Watch Beyoncé’s Homecoming trailer and listen to snippets of her new LP Homecoming: The Live Album below.