Voice of her race
In a trailer for her new documentary, we see Beyonce prepare for her famous 2018 Coachella performance while we hear a voiceover saying, "I want to be representative of my race – the human race."
在碧昂斯全新纪录片的预告中，我们看到她正在为2018年科切拉音乐节上那场声名远扬的表演做着准备，此时，旁白说道：“我想要代表我的种族 —— 全人类。”
Homecoming: A Film by Beyonce came out on April 17. Beyonce directed the film, which is about the making of that performance. She may seem like "just a pop singer", but Beyonce does more onstage than just sing.
According to Marquaysa Battle from Revelist website, Beyonce rarely speaks about social issues publicly. Instead, she uses her performances and music videos as a platform to highlight the issues she cares about.
Three years ago, at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards, the US pop singer stirred controversy when she performed in front of a sign saying "FEMINIST".
The same year at the Super Bowl halftime show, Beyonce sang with an army of dancers dressed in the uniform of the Black Panther Party, a 1960s black activist group. Her performance was "about the entirety of the black experience in the US, which includes standards of beauty, disempowerment, culture and the shared parts of our history", wrote The New York Times.
And at Coachella 2018, Beyonce's dancing and costumes kept the focus on social themes. It was "a celebration of blackness and womanhood", wrote Joey Guerra of the Houston Chronicle.
Farrah Cambrice, an African-American professor at Prairie View A&M University, saw herself in Beyonce's performance. "She told our story to a mainstream audience," Cambrice said.
Perhaps, as eye-catching and empowering as her performances were, the real magic of Beyonce is her self-belief. You never doubt for a second that she's feeling what she's singing and performing.