Beyonce’s ‘Homecoming’ is a Celebration of Black Academic Excellence

by Yvette Montoya

Something Beyoncé is so good at doing is framing her art within the academic dialogue about Blackness in America. Since Bey doesn’t like to give interviews so much of what she communicates about the intention of her work is either quoted verbatim or spoken directly by those who have said it best — Warsan Shire, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Nina Simone. And now in her new Netflix documentary Homecoming, Maya Angelou, WEB Du Bois, Alice Walker, Toni Morrison, Audre Lorde, and finally Beyoncé herself speaks candidly about everything she gave to her now legendary 20118 Coachella performance.

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