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.