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Beyoncé just revealed another layer of her personal and artistic depth in her all-new film HOMECOMING out today on Netflix, and we’ve had chills for the last two hours straight while watching it. Through the words of Toni Morrison, Nina Simone, Alice Walker, activist Marian Wright Edelman, and more, as well as a whole Coachella set’s worth of live performance footage, she explains the origins of her bombastic, unforgettable Homecoming live show as well as what it took to get there. It’s unbelievable that in 2018 she was the first African American woman to headline Coachella, but it turns out what it took for her to reach that pinnacle is even more unbelievable.

About a third of the way through the film, Bey talks about her last pregnancy, how she became pregnant with twins quite unexpectedly, had to then cancel her scheduled Coachella performance in 2017, and re-focus on getting her show and body back in time to make Homecoming happen just one year later. What women’s bodies go through during and after pregnancy is hardly talked about in popular culture, much less celebrated, but Beyoncé gives that narrative power in a way I feel is so important and humanizing. She owns how far she pushed herself to pull this off and acknowledges that she’ll never push herself this hard again, so soak it up.

“It was important to me that everyone that had never seen themselves represented saw them felt like they were on that stage with us,” she explained. “As a black woman, I used to feel like the world wanted me to stay in my little box, and black women often feel underestimated. Now I wanted us to be not only proud of the show but proud of the process, proud of the struggle, and 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 damned right. And I wanted everyone to feel grateful for their curves, their thighs, their honesty, and thankful for their freedom! It was no rules and we were able to create a free, safe space where none of us were marginalized.” Whatever you’re doing right now is probably less important than watching this incredible film — stream HOMECOMING on Netflix now. Additionally, listen to the live album below.

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