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Film Review - Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé

This image released by Netflix shows Beyoncé in a scene from her documentary “Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé.”

Since Beyoncé Knowles-Carter made her solo debut in 2003, the star has been stunning fans with her career moves, and 2019 is no different. Only four months into 2019, the singer announced a documentary on Netflix of her Coachella performance that had been deemed Beychella.

The documentary shined a light on HBCUs (historically black colleges and universities), as her performance drew inspiration from them. Beyoncé also is having her brand, Ivy Park, collaborate with Adidas for a new clothing line. On top of all that, Beyoncé is also starring in the live action remake of the “Lion King” in 2019. Needless to say, Beyoncé is making 2019 a year packed full of surprises and collaborations.

The Netflix documentary, “Homecoming,” is one of a reportedly three movie deal that Beyoncé has with Netflix. The deal is reportedly worth $60 million, and has Beyoncé’s fans excited. With the release of the documentary, the singer also released a live album that topped the iTunes charts at No. 1. It also placed her album “Lemonade” at No. 3 on the iTunes charts despite being released in 2016.

Beyoncé then (not more than a week later) released her album “Lemonade,” which was previously only available for streaming on Tidal, on all platforms including Spotify and Apple Music. This was contrary to her line in the song “Nice” off her and Jay-Z’s joint album, “Everything Is Love,” that says “If I [cared] about streaming numbers, would’ve put ‘Lemonade’ up on Spotify.” Three years after the original release, Beyoncé’s fans can finally stream “Lemonade” on their chosen platform.

The singer also released an alternative “Formation” video that highlights the song’s detailed choreography. She then proceeded to release the demo version of the song, “Sorry,” featured on “Lemonade.”

All of these releases in the month of April and a rumored 2020 tour is leaving Beyoncé fans on the edge of their seats for what the star will do next.