On Wednesday, 400 UJ students gathered to watch Homecoming. Beyoncé wrote, directed and produced the documentary, which landed on Netflix earlier this week.
Homecoming at UJ
Apart from Homecoming being a celebration of Black Excellence, Netflix also collaborated with talented Black creatives. Cedric Nzaka as the photographer, the team at Ato Song as the videographers and Karabo and Zukhanye as the MCs.
With a marching band building excitement and the local UJ Cheerleaders hyping up the crowd, the night was a celebration of Homecoming is, and everything Beyoncé made possible.
UJ students showed up in swarms, ready to sing their hearts out to classics like Get Me Bodied and Check On It.
Homecoming – a triumphant celebration
Even before the official release of Homecoming on Netflix, Beyoncé broke the Internet when she released the documentary’s trailer. It featured her daughter Blue Ivy, and twins Rumi and Sir.
Moreover, Homecoming is an autobiographical account of Beyoncé’s life with a focus on Beychella. It also delves deeper into what the acclaimed singer had to do to make her ferocious comeback stand out.
Homecoming has a runtime of two hours 17 minutes and is narrated by Bey herself. She takes viewers on the journey of putting together the masterpiece that is Beychella.
“Instead of me pulling out my flower crown, it was more important that I brought our culture to Coachella”.
The BeyGOOD and Global Initiative
In addition, Homecoming is an ode to historically black colleges and universities. Consequently, Beyoncé announced the Homecoming Scholars Program through her BeyGOOD initiative.
BeyGOOD announced in March that it would launch a similar programme for SA youth, in collaboration with Global Citizen and filmmaker Tyler Perry.
The fellowship consists of a five phase curriculum and will provide 10 to 15 young people with the opportunity to serve paid year-long fellowships with the foundation.