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On April 17, Beyonce released her Netflix documentary, Homecoming. In the film, you got to relive her 2018 Coachella performance and follow the moments leading up to the performance. Here are some things Queen Bey taught us.

It’s never too late.

As someone who always wanted to be a part of the university setting but didn’t have the chance to, watching Beyonce bring that experience to the stage changed me. It felt like I was watching something I was apart of. In the documentary, Beyonce states that she too never got to experience university life due to her famous lifestyle. She felt that feeling of wanting to belong and decided to do something about it.

There is divine power in being black. Especially being a black woman

Beyonce never strayed away from her blackness or womanhood. By using clips from Malcolm X, Maya Angelou and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichi, she embraces all parts of who she is. She is the first black woman to headline Coachella and she wanted to remind us and everyone else that there is power in our struggles, there is beauty beyond our misery; we are winners and a winner doesn’t quit on themselves.

“It was important to me that everyone had who never seen themselves represented felt like they were on that stage with us. As a black woman, I used to feel like the world wanted me to stay in my little box. And black woman often feel underestimated. I wanted us to be proud of not only the show, but the process. Proud of the struggle. Thankful for the beauty that comes with a painful history and rejoice in the pain. Rejoice in the imperfections and the wrongs that are so damn right. I wanted everyone to feel thankful for their curves, their sass, their honesty – thankful for their freedom. It was no rules and we were able to create a free, safe space where none of us were marginalized.”

-Beyoncé Knowles

Getting where you want to be won’t be easy.

Beyonce’s work ethic is unmatched. She admits that after the birth of her twins she felt like she wasn’t in sync with her body. It got personal as she revealed the sacrifices that often get overlooked. Spending time with her babies when she could, rebuilding her body with intense dance rehearsals and a strict diet, Beyonce shows us that although the fight will be hard, the reward will be so much sweeter.

Family is important.

The behive got more than we bargained for, getting clips of the queen’s very secretive life. Shots of the twins and too cute moments from Blu practically stole the show. Family is huge in Beyoncé’s book and she made it clear she wouldn’t have gotten this far without them. Family isn’t limited either with shots of everyone from Kelly and Michelle, Solange, and even her team. Family is family.

Motherhood isn’t a curse.

Beyoncé also shows us the strength behind motherhood. So often women are told to “slow down” when we become mothers. As if to say we fall to dust and can’t do anything as soon as we have kids. Beyoncé shows that you can still have a career and a family. You don’t have to compromise. You can achieve your dreams and still be a good mom. It’s okay.

Queen Bey has done it again and reminded us to be the best versions of ourselves. Homecoming is a love letter and I think the feelings are mutual.

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