Breaking down Beyonce's documentary on iconic 2018 Coachella performance

The first woman of color to headline the festival released "Homecoming," a documentary on her performance that honored HBCUs and reunited Destiny's Child. She also released a surprise 40 song album.
6:42 | 04/19/19

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of a different variety. ��� ��� as we are schooled by the queen. Beyonce's latest production, "Homecoming", turns last year's ground breaking Coachella performance into a self-directed and produced film. It's part big band performance, part carefully curated diary. Beyonce reveals struggles with getting back into shape after having her twins rumy and sir. I was 218 pounds the day I gave birth. I developed toxemia. Reporter: And we get glimpses of her older daughter blue ivy and of course husband Jay Z. She is incredibly strategic about what she lets the audience see. And she lets us see quite a bit. Reporter: The Carters are known for surprises, and just hours before the film was released on Netflix, Beyonce dropped a surprise album, a live version of her performance. Fans across the country, staying up into the wee hours of the morning to be the first to see and hear what everyone would soon be talking about. Even Michelle Obama congratulating Beyonce. Girl, you have done it again, constantly raising the bar for us all, and doing it flawlessly. I think she will go down in history as one of the most important artists of all times. Reporter: In recent years, Beyonce has leaned in to her heritage, celebrating her race and culture on the world's largest stages, like the super bowl. With hits like "Formation." Would you say that there is this negrescense? The process of becoming more black? I think there's the process of becoming more Beyonce. She's allowed herself a certain amount of freedom. Thank you for allowing me to be the first black woman to headline Coachella. Reporter: This performance is an ode to historically black colleges. I wanted a black orchestra. I wanted the steppers. I think Beyonce saw the significance of her being the first African-American woman to headline Coachella. She has this deep abiding love for black people and black culture. ��� ��� Reporter: Dawn Roberts coordinates the music for an atlanta-area music district. He coordinated the drum line to perform in the show. He was formerly the music consultant for the film "Drum line." My company had a lot of credibility. They got off the plane and landed in California. I said okay, guys, gather round, let me tell you who you're going to play for. And it's like, we're going to be performing for Beyonce, and it's like, ah! Reporter: His company is made up of other musicians. They had done their homework, all the research that goes into it, and we just jumped in. If they were, you could say a steak, we were the flavor. We were the hot sauce and brought that authenticity to what she already had. Reporter: The dynamic stepping to intricate formations of the marching band. The routine sought to expose America to hbcu. There are 107 across the country, including north Carolina a&t. Clark Atlanta. And Florida A&M. Advanced screenings were held at four black schools, Texas southern in her home state, more house and Spellman in Atlanta. I think it is a sacred moment for all of us. Reporter: And Howard university in Washington, D.C. Thank god for black people. Thank god for Howard, and thank god for Beyonce! Reporter: To these students, they describe it as practically life changing. It was mind-blowing. It was black excellence. Life. I liked the stepping, the majorette dance, all of this is tied into black culture. It was just beautiful. We're in line to see -- Beyonce! Reporter: We met statements like Caitlyn and Jaylin. They watched Coachella online. It was iconic at least to say we've never seen like hbcu's presented on such a platform. She took it and ran with it, and it was beautiful. It was just mesmerizing. I would say Beyonce represents black girls. Reporter: They say Beyonce let the world know what they've always known about schools like theirs. One, two, ready and! I believe it's relevant at the time right now, because they provide a safe space for black people or young black youth to literally just grow into themselves. They just give us a safe space to excel and not have to worry about our race first and foremost and moving throughout the world. This is why it was so important. They performed and opened their doors for those who were sons and daughters of slaves. Reporter: Some schools have struggled to keep their doors open, but dawn Williams says they're more necessary now than ever. We have seen a recent uptick at applications. We have seen today in society there have been environments that have not been very welcoming for African-American communities. Coachella and going to be the most important thing. She made musical history. Reporter: With this latest achievement that draws so much from the past, she's looking to cement a new kind of legacy. I'm just a new, a new woman in a new chapter of my life. And I'm not even trying to be who I was. Reporter: New chapter in a spellbinding book where self-affirmation and culture are as perfectly choreographed as her dance moves. For "Nightline," linsey Davis in New York.

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