BEYONCE’S HOMECOMING AND WHAT IT MEANS TO WOMANHOOD
Issues pertaining to womanhood is relatable to all women irrespective of race, tribe, class, background and occupation. This is because a woman will always be a woman.
Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter has just made this evident through the unveiling of her documentary, “Homecoming.” The Netflix concert film— written, directed and executive-produced solely by Beyoncé, naturally — is a carefully constructed combination of her performances from Coachella 2018’s two weekends, interwoven with intimate footage from the months of rehearsals it took to not only re-train her body post-pregnancy but also to see her complicated vision come to life. While the behind-the-scenes footage is only a fraction of the total film, Beyoncé is refreshingly candid about the hard work that it took to put the shows together.
Just like every woman, her pregnancy and childbirth journey of Sir and Rumi was not a slide down the hill. It was one encrusted in sweat and deep emotions. With a post-body of 218 pounds at birth, it would have been nearly a fantasy to think that Queen Bey could have bounced back to pull off the ‘Beychella.’ As she detailed in the film, she had high blood pressure and developed toxaemia (a blood infection) and preeclampsia (typically a sign of damage to the liver or kidneys, characterized by high blood pressure). One of her twins’ heartbeats paused while in the womb, leading to an emergency C-section.
Coachella doesn’t get renamed for every artist that performs but Beyonce had other plans. She could’ve worn a sundress, grabbed a mic and still delivered a phenomenal performance but she chose to put in all that hard work and dedication to make
Her incredible decision to adopting a strict vegan diet, sixty-five days before her electric performance at the ‘Beychella’ Concert is nothing short of enviable. How far can a human go to grab the wings of an eagle?
And if you thought ‘BeyChella’ was all about Bey, then you are totally wrong. It was the dawn of representation of women of African descent. The Coachella festival had never been headlined by a black woman in its history.
Blue and her dad were a constant presence during rehearsals, watching her mom dance and even learning some of the choreography from the sidelines. Towards the end, she’s seen singing “Lift Every Voice and Sing” with some lyric-feeding from her supportive mom. Mothers desire to leave a legacy and that’s what Bey is right about doing for Blue Ivy.
Underneath womanhood lies a bedrock of hard work, sacrifice, a nurturing spirit and the power of transformation.