9 Yard Movies To Stream If Beyonce’s ‘Homecoming’ Made You Want To Step
On Wednesday, Netflix dropped Homecoming, a documentary about Beyoncé's 2018 Coachella performance. To go with it, the iconic artist also released a surprise live album with the music from Beychella on all streaming platforms. Thanks to the Netflix concert doc, fans are able to get a new, intimate glimpse into what it takes to create a Beyoncé performance — particularly one that celebrates and incorporates creative aspects of HBCU homecomings. (Hence the name.) All the stepping and marching band music in Homecoming will get you in the mood to stream some yard movies, and fortunately, you have a lot of options.
Homecoming allows fans to revel in Beyoncé's incomparable talent, but it also highlights the breadth of talent, skill, and joy that comes from HBCUs. Homecoming celebrations at these schools entail a week of step shows, parades, and tailgates, leading up to a football game that pales in comparison to the celebrations that take place before it. In an essay on the tradition for The Fader, Briana Younger meditated on why alums return back to their schools for homecoming. "The entire week exists as a flood of recollections that call back to easier and more carefree times," Younger wrote.
Beyoncé captures the essence of it all in Homecoming. "I always dreamed of going to an HBCU," she even says in a voiceover. And you can keep the party going by watching some of these rousing films.
1. 'Stomp The Yard'
This 2007 film stars Columbus Short as DJ Williams, a young troublemaker who's also a talented dancer. Once he gets to college, DJ joins Greek life with his roommate Rich (Ne-Yo), becoming an asset for the stepping team.
Stream it with a Starz subscription.
Who could forget Nick Cannon's character Devon Miles, the HBCU freshman who attends school on a scholarship for his drumming skills? After making the varsity drumming team as a freshman and initiating a steamy romance with an upperclassman, Laila (Zoe Saldana), things go sour as Devon considers giving up on his dream.
Stream it on Starz.
3. 'Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities'
After watching Homecoming, you'll probably want to learn more about the history of HBCUs. So this documentary provides the perfect accompaniment to Beyoncé's musical tribute.
Stream it on YouTube.
4. 'School Daze'
5. 'Step Sisters'
A Black sorority has to teach a group of white sorority girls how to step in this Netflix film, which will give you a new appreciation for the percussive dance moves.
Stream it on Netflix.
6. 'Drumline: A New Beat'
This made-for-TV sequel premiered on VH1 in 2014. And while it's a lot different from the first one, Nick Cannon does have a part.
Rent or buy it on Amazon.
8. 'Stomp The Yard 2: Homecoming'
The 2010 sequel stars a whole new cast, and while it's not as well-known as the original, that doesn't mean the step routines are any less captivating. The college film leads up to a national homecoming step-off that's perfect for post-Beyoncé viewing.
Rent or buy it on Amazon.
9. 'Honey: Rise Up And Dance'
Teyana Taylor stars in this third film in the Honey series, which started in 2003. The new film follows Taylor's character, Skyler, as she tries out for a new dance crew in hopes to win a college scholarship.
You can stream it on Netflix.
Follow up Homecoming with this arsenal of movies, and you'll be owning the yard in no time.