Beyonce Shares Intimate Look at Her Life

Beyonce shares an intimate look at her life with Jay-Z and their three children in behind-the-scenes footage from her Coachella 2018 performance shown in trailer for new Netflix documentary.

Beyonce and Twins
Beyonce and Twins

Beyonce shares an intimate look at her life with Jay-Z and their three children in behind-the-scenes footage from her Coachella 2018 performance shown in trailer for new Netflix documentary.

Beyonce is preparing to lift the lid on her glamorous – but very private – personal life in a new documentary about her widely-praised performance at Coachella in 2018.

In a dramatic new trailer for the film, Homecoming: A Film By Beyonce, the 37-year-old mother-of-three is captured in an incredibly intimate capacity, with clips showing the singer spending time with her children, laughing with husband Jay-Z, working out, and preparing for the groundbreaking performance.

The short flashes of Beyonce's personal life are cut with behind-the-scenes footage from the Coachella performance, as well as videos of the hoards of screaming fans – while audio from an interview with late poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou is heard playing.

Far from serving simply as a poignant soundtrack for the clip however, the words spoken by Maya give an interesting insight into the intended purpose of the film – and perhaps even Beyonce's hopes for how the world views her and her performance.

‘What I really want to do is be a representative of my race, of the human race,' Maya is heard saying – while clips of Beyonce and her family flash up, interspersed with footage of the singer preparing for her Coachella performance.

‘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.

Beyonce with Jay-Z and Blue Ivy all Stars 2017 Billboard
Beyonce with Jay-Z and Blue Ivy all Stars 2017 Billboard

‘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.'

While Maya's words are playing, flashes of footage from some of the more intimate areas of Beyonce's life flash up on screen, with the singer seen laying down and laughing while talking to her husband, Jay-Z, as well as cradling her 22-month-old twins, Rumi and Sir, who have been largely kept away from the spotlight since their birth in June 2017.

Seven-year-old Blue Ivy also features in the behind-the-scenes clips, with one particularly sweet video showing her joining her mother and the back-up dancers to learn their routine; with her mother and the professionals in the background, Blue is seen sitting on a chair and whipping her long hair around her face – just like Beyonce and the dancers.

The footage also captures the rigorous preparation process for the music festival performance, which featured an appearance by Jay-Z, as well as an on-stage reunion with Beyonce's Destiny's Child bandmates, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams.

Beyonce is seen dancing, working out, and even conducting a large group of instrument-wielding musicians. Throughout the behind-the-scenes footage, the singer looks laid back, relaxed, and very casual – a world away from the bright lights and glamour of the stage.

As Maya's words draw to a close however, the narrative is flipped; the poet's audio finishes with her answering a question posed by the interviewer, who asks: ‘What advice would you have to give this generation?'

‘Tell the truth… to yourself first, and to the children,' Maya responds, before the clip cuts quickly to much more glitzy, dynamic footage of Beyonce performing – set to a very loud and dramatic soundtrack of beating drums and chanting.

According to Oprah's O Magazine, the interview used in the clip took place back in 2013 for Canadian TV show George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight – and it is thought to be one of the final sit-down interviews that Maya did before her death in May 2014.

In the interview, she discusses all manner of topics, but she focuses on her hopes for the future of society, honing in on civil rights, gender equality, human rights, and politics.

Beyonce and Jay-Z

Beyonce's choice to feature Maya's thought-provoking words in her trailer calls attention to the key topics that she no doubt hopes to highlight in the feature-length film, something that is also highlighted in the movie description that accompanied the trailer.

‘Homecoming presents an intimate look at Beyonce’s historic 2018 Coachella performance that paid homage to America’s historically black colleges and universities,' the video caption read.

‘Interspersed with candid footage and interviews detailing the preparation and powerful intent behind her vision, Homecoming traces the emotional road from creative concept to cultural movement.'

The trailer certainly suggests that Beyonce's documentary will tackle more than the singer's Coachella preparation and on-stage performance; the singer actually made history at Coachella last year as the first African American woman to headline the festival, and her entire set paid tribute to traditionally-black colleges and universities, and their students.

In both the behind-the-scenes clips, and the performance footage, aspects of this tribute are captured – from the New Orleans-style brass band that accompanied her opening song, Crazy In Love, to the collegiate style ensembles worn by those on-stage.

During the performance, Beyonce and her back-up dancers and musicians wore yellow hoodies with the Greek letters Beta Delta Kappa – BAK – as a nod to the Divine Nine, the five African American fraternities and four sororities.


The singer also used audio of a speech made by minister and human rights activist Malcolm X in between songs.

Even the date of the documentary's debut bears significance; the movie is set to debut on April 17 – which is almost exactly a year on from her two Coachella performances, which took place on April 14 and April 21.

An US Weekly report from last week revealed that Beyonce has been working with Netflix on a documentary that, ‘will be tied to her Coachella 2018 performance.'

The report also revealed that Bey is working on new music, though it won't be a full album. Instead, the singer is working on a ‘couple of new tracks [for] a deluxe album filled with old songs.'

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