Fans are Freaking out Over Beyoncé’s ‘Homecoming’ Trailer

Netflix just dropped a trailer for Homecoming, a documentary on the cultural significance and preparation that went into Beyoncé’s historic 2018 Coachella performance (she was the first woman of color to headline the festival). The company first teased fans with a tweet on Sunday that simply read: Homecoming, April 17 | Netflix. Then on Monday, the streaming giant released the trailer amidst passionate fan reactions.

Beyonce Knowles | Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Coachella
Beyonce Knowles | Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Coachella

The ‘Homecoming’ trailer

Not a stranger to featuring black artists in her work, the Homecoming trailer features a quote from Maya Angelou from a 2013 interview she gave on George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight.  

“What I really want to do is be a representative of my race, of the human race. I have a chance to show how kind we can be, how intelligent and generous we can be. I have a chance to teach and to love and to laugh. I know that when I finish doing what I’m sent here to do, I will be called home. And I will go home without any fear, trepidations, wondering what’s gonna happen.”

According to O Magazine, it was one of the last interviews Angelou gave before her May 28, 2014 passing at the age of 86.

“What advice would you have to give this generation?” asks Angelou’s interviewer.

“Tell the truth. To yourself first, and to the children.”

One thing Beyoncé’s certainly never shied away from is the truth.

Angelou’s words can be heard under images of Beyoncé’s performance and rehearsal prep. At the end of the trailer, reviews of the performance quickly flash across the screen:

“Her ode to the black college experience…” -Variety

“Writes herself into history.” -The Guardian

“An education in black expression.” -The New Yorker

“Rich with history, potently political, visually grand…” The New York Times

“Her Triumphant Return” -Rolling Stone

Fan reactions

Fans were excited by the teaser image Netflix premiered on Sunday, but when the streaming service released the trailer as well as a press release that describes the doc as “an intimate look at Beyoncé’s historic 2018 Coachella performance that paid homage to America’s historically black colleges and universities,” Twitter blew up.  

Some fans are already anticipating Oscar buzz.

And some fans are just obsessed with the Blue Ivy clip.

Why ‘Homecoming’?

During her Coachella performance last year, Beyoncé opened her set with “Crazy in Love,” accompanied by a New Orleans-style brass marching band. She wore a cropped yellow hooded sweatshirt with the Greek letters Beta Delta Kappa, referencing the Divine Nine (the five African American fraternities and four sororities), according to CNN.

The superstar also created a scholarship program last year after her performance called the Homecoming Scholarships Award Program and donated $100,000 to historically black colleges.   

“We honor all institutions of higher learning for maintaining culture and creating environments for optimal learning which expands dreams and the seas of possibilities for students,” said Ivy McGregor, who administers the singer’s BeyGood foundation.

Check out The Cheat Sheet on Facebook!