On April 14, 2018, history was made. When Beyoncé took the stage at Coachella on that fateful day to deliver an iconic 27-song performance that acted as a celebration of black culture, she started a movement that made her fans of color feel seen more than ever. One year later, and the impact of Beychella can still be felt.
Earlier this week, Beyoncé treated fans to a Netflix documentary and an accompanying surprise album titled Homecoming. The documentary follows Beyoncé during the eight months leading up to the historic performance. In the 24 hours that the film has been out, fans have been tweeting their love of the film and its excellence—former First Lady and fellow Netflix content creator Michelle Obama included.
Michelle and Barack Obama joined the Netflix family last year, signing a multimillion dollar production deal to create television, documentaries and features for Netflix under the banner Higher Ground Productions. Obama took to Twitter to publicly give Queen Bey praise for the project, stating that Homecoming is an important piece of work because it celebrates the black experience and lifts up a future generation of leaders by inspiring greatness. She gave the singer the shout out in a 52-second video, in which she delivered a prepared speech.
“Hey queen! Girl, you have done it again. Constantly raising the bar for us all and doing it flawlessly. I’d say I’m surprised, but I know who you are. I’ve seen it up close and personal. Girl, you make me so proud, and I love you,” Obama said before breaking down the importance of the documentary. “I also love that your new Netflix film Homecoming is informed by the black leaders, thinkers, and poets who’ve paved the way for folks like us. I love that it’s both a celebration and a call to action. And I love that you’re using this film to inspire the next generation of history makers and record breakers who’ll run the world in the next years ahead. So to you my dear friend, I just want to say: Keep telling the truth, because you can do it in a way that no one else can.”