One year ago, one of the greatest performers of our time, Beyoncé, put on a stellar performance as the first black woman to ever perform at Coachella. In this performance, she showed her undying love for her black culture and celebrated Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Never having attended college, Beyoncé immersed herself and her performance in HBCU culture. She implemented key factors of HBCUs such as band and majorette performance, Greek Letters, and step routines. She even included the black national anthem, “Lift Every Voice and Sing” into her set. She formed her own Greek organization, Beta Delta Kappa, and had her backup dancers and band members, who were members of the Divine 9 fraternities and sororities, also representing her Sorority.

Now, “Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé” a documentary centered on her HBCU driven Coachella performance is streaming on Netflix. The documentary features never before seen footage. This documentary takes a look into the work, dedication, creativity and concept behind one of her most iconic performances of her career. The documentary will also feature parts of Beyoncé’s, very much private, personal life. Members of her family, such as her daughter Blue Ivy and her twins Rumi and Sir will also be making an appearance.Four HBCU’s; Howard University, Morehouse College, Spellman College, and Texas Southern University all received a special advanced screening of the documentary.

One year after her successful, award winning album, “Lemonade”, Beyoncé announced that she would be giving out a scholarship for the 2017-2018 school year. The formation scholarship program was made to “encourage and support young women who are unafraid to think outside the box and are bold, conscious and confident.” Those that majored in literature, African American studies, music or creative arts were eligible. Maya Rogers of Howard University, Bria Paige of Spelman College, Sadiya Ramos of Berklee College of Music, and Avery Youngblood of Parsons School of design were the 2017-2018 winners of the Formation Scholarship.