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Cardi B × Dr. Varkony

Cardi B interview highlights how plastic surgery can boost confidence and foster a better life, says Dr. Steven J. Varkony

The Encino-based plastic surgeon comments on a recent article that many patients find plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures to be just the boost they need.

A February 23 article on Interview Magazine is a conversation touching on various types of body enhancements, including buttock augmentation, between superstar rapper Cardi B and legendary singer Mariah Carey. Cardi B, who started out as a stripper before transitioning to reality TV and then finally to a music career, notes how the procedures gave her more than one of the world’s most widely discussed physiques, they also gave her the confidence she needed to excel in a career as a Grammy-winning performer beloved for her provocative, brutally honest, take-no-prisoners approach. Encino-based, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Steven J. Varkony says that Cardi B’s interview highlights a vital point about plastic surgery: it’s not strictly about improving one’s appearance; it’s also meant to help patients become the people they truly want to be by gaining the confidence they need to achieve their goals.

Dr. Varkony says that most people who get plastic surgery are not show business superstars like Cardi B or Mariah Carey, or in show business at all, but ordinary people from all walks of life and all professions who want to better themselves in ways that may be otherwise out of reach. He adds that, whether patients want to pursue facial procedures to shorten the length of their nose, reduce wrinkles on their face, improve the size of their bust, or commit to any other enhancement, most simply want to feel more like their ideas of themselves and look more on the outside like the way they feel on the inside.

The board-certified plastic surgeon explains that plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures are a gateway to possibilities that would not be possible otherwise, yet they are often subject to scorn for reasons that have little to do with the welfare of patients. Dr. Varkony says that people who undergo plastic surgery, like Cardi B, should focus on what makes them happy. Moreover, the only opinion about a procedure that actually matters belongs to the patient. The Southern California plastic surgeon stresses that, as long as individuals have realistic expectations and are doing the procedures for themselves and not simply to please others, patients should feel proud of their decision to improve themselves in whatever manner they please.

Readers can read more about board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Steven J. Varkony by visiting his website and learning about his background or by calling (818) 907-9090.

NOW That’s What I Call Music! Vol. 78 by Universal Music Group for use by 360 Magazine

NOW THAT’S WHAT I CALL MUSIC! New Releases

NOW THAT’S WHAT I CALL MUSIC! PRESENTS TODAY’S TOP HITS ON ‘NOW THAT’S WHAT I CALL MUSIC! Vol. 78′

Celebrate The Best Of The 90s With ‘NOW That’s What I Call A Decade! 1990s’

NOW That’s What I Call Music!, the world’s bestselling multiple-artist album series, showcases today’s biggest hits across chart-topping numbered volumes and themed releases. NOW’s latest numbered volume, NOW That’s What I Call Music! Vol. 78, will be released April 30 on CD and digitally. On the same date, NOW That’s What I Call A Decade! 1990s will also be available on CD and digitally.

Preorder NOW:

NOW That’s What I Call Music! Vol. 78 (CD, Digital)

NOW That’s What I Call A Decade! 1990s (CD, Digital)

‘NOW 78’ features 16 major current hits from today’s hottest artists, including Olivia Rodrigo’s “drivers license,” Taylor Swift’s “willow,” Ariana Grande’s “34+35,” SZA’s “Good Days,” tracks from The Weeknd, Glass Animals, Miley Cyrus, Dua Lipa, and more. Each numeric NOW release also features “NOW Presents What’s Next” bonus tracks, previewing tomorrow’s biggest hits; NOW 78 features 7 hot new tracks from Mimi Webb, Leyla Blue, Tone Stith, Peach PRC, Camino, Twin XL and a special bonus track from new K-pop stars TRI.BE.

Check out the album trailer HERE

NOW That’s What I Call A Decade! 1990s celebrates 1990-1999 with 18 of the decade’s biggest chart-topping hits, including Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing,” Lenny Kravitz’s “American Woman,” Mariah Carey’s “Vision Of Love,” Sheryl Crow’s “All I Wanna Do” and Smash Mouth’s “All Star.”

NOW That’s What I Call Music! debuted in the U.S. in 1998, following 15 years of multi-platinum international triumph. The series has sold more than 250 million albums worldwide, topping 104 million in the U.S. alone. 68 previous releases in NOW’s numeric U.S. series have reached Billboard’s Top 10, and 19 volumes have reached Number One.

NOW That’s What I Call Music! is a joint venture from Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment. NOW and NOW That’s What I Call Music! are registered trademarks of Universal Music Group and its affiliates.

NOW That’s What I Call Music! is the soundtrack to your life, available everywhere you are.

NOW That’s What I Call Music! Vol. 78

1. Olivia Rodrigo drivers license
2. Justin Bieber & benny blanco Lonely
3. Taylor Swift Willow
4. Ariana Grande 34+35
5. Dua Lipa We’re Good
6. Ava Max My Head & My Heart
7. The Weeknd Save Your Tears
8. Jason Derulo Take You Dancing
9. Miley Cyrus ft. Dua Lipa Prisoner
10. Doja Cat Streets
11. SZA Good Days
12 Machine Gun Kelly ft. blackbear my ex’s best friend
13. The Kid LAROI WITHOUT YOU
14. CJ Whoopty
15. Glass Animals Heat Waves
16. Luke Combs Better Together

NOW Presents What’s Next:

17. Mimi Webb Reasons
18. Leyla Blue What A Shame
19. Tone Stith Devotion
20. Peach PRC Josh
21. Camino Burning Fire
22. Twin XL Slow Heart
23. TRI.BE DOOM DOOM TA

NOW That’s What I Call A Decade! 1990s

1. Mariah Carey Vision Of Love
2. Sheryl Crow All I Wanna Do
3. Blind Melon No Rain
4. New Radicals You Get What You Give
5. Lenny Kravitz American Woman
6. Spin Doctors Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong
7. Smash Mouth All Star
8. Britney Spears …Baby One More Time
9. Will Smith Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It
10. Montell Jordan This Is How We Do It
11. Boyz II Men I’ll Make Love To You
12 Whitney Houston I Will Always Love You
13. All 4 One I Swear
14. Aerosmith I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing
15. Wilson Phillips Hold On
16. Joan Osborne One Of Us
17. Blues Traveler Runaround
18. Sublime What I Got

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Questlove Supreme Black History Month Programming

Last Week Featured Acclaimed Episode With Iconic Singer-Songwriter Stephanie Mills

Acclaimed music & pop culture-based iHeart Podcast Series, Questlove Supreme, today releases its newest episode featuring an exclusive interview with the legendary, Reverend Al Sharpton. This episode of Questlove Supreme is the perfect way close out the podcast’s Black History Month programming while continuing the conversation.

At 4 years old Reverend Al Sharpton knew what his mission would be in life and so his journey began as a great orator, warrior and leader in the plight of justice and equality for Black people. Listen as Reverend Al shares his story with Quest and Team Supreme and find out how music was pivotal in framing his story.

Listen to this week’s episode featuring Reverend Al Sharpton, out today HERE.

Listen to last week’s episode with Stephanie Mills HERE.

Prior guests on Questlove Supreme have included Mariah Carey, Zoe Kravitz, James Taylor, Seth Rogan,  Estelle, Jimmy Fallon, Kurtis Blow and several others. It was announced earlier this year that Questlove Supreme is rolling out Classic Episodes from years past on Mondays. These episodes will include conversations with Michelle Obama, Cree Summer, Lenny Kravitz, Chris Rock, Maya Rudolph, Weird Al and many more. Check them out HERE.

Questlove Supreme is a fun, irreverent and educational weekly podcast that digs deep into the stories of musical legends and cultural icons in a way that only Questlove and Team Supreme can deliver. Each episode is driven by conversation ranging from the guest’s origins (along with a few never-before-revealed secrets to their success) to their life passions and current projects. Additional hosts on the series include renowned and award-winning on-air personality and music commentator Laiya St.Clair, GRAMMY Award-nominated rapper/singer Phonte Coleman, GRAMMY, Tony and Emmy award winning music director “Unpaid” Bill Sherman, and engineer for Questlove, The Roots, The Tonight Show and Elvis Costello, “Suga” Steve Mandel.

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Stefflon Don – Can’t Let You Go

British rapper, singer and songwriter Stefflon Don releases her new single “Can’t Let You Go  with Quality Control Music/Motown. “Can’t Let You Go” is Stefflon Don’s latest single, inspired by the lust you feel for someone, even if they aren’t right for you. This track follows her long-awaited single “Move. “Move” has already been streamed millions of times and received critical praise from the likes of FADER, Complex, Clash and NME.

When asked about the inspiration for her latest single, Stefflon Don said, “For this track, I wanted to lean into my natural singing voice and also experiment with doing some of the melodies in Yoruba. The overall vibe of the track is underpinned by a sultry Afro Beats sound. I always love to fuse all of my cultural influences into my work, because I am very much inspired by different parts of the world.”

Stefflon Don rose to widespread fame with her debut single “Hurtin Me” with French Montana. “Hurtin Me” earned an immense 2.3 billion streams and 444 million views. To date, Stefflon Don can boast 5.78 billion streams in her whole discography. In addition, her list of collaborators includes Future, Lil Kim, Skepta, Mariah Carey, Sean Paul, Skepta and Charli XCX.

“Can’t Let You Go” is Stefflon Don’s second release this year after “Move,” her first new music in 2020. Released last month, Move was praised by Clash Magazine as a “confident dancehall-fueled roller that taps into carnival energy.” Join the praise and be sure to follow the international sensation’s newest hits.

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Rock Mafia Releases New EP

DISTINGUISHED SONGWRITING & PRODUCTION COLLECTIVE ROCK MAFIA RELEASE
SONGS FOR THE ETERNAL OPTIMIST VOL. 2 VIA 12TONE MUSIC. LISTEN HERE

ROCK MAFIA HAS PREVIOUSLY WRITTEN AND PRODUCED FOR MARIAH CAREY, KEHLANI, SELENA GOMEZ, MIGOS, KAROL G, ZEDD, BTS, EMINEM, AND MORE 
 

Notable songwriting and production collective, Rock Mafia, have released Songs for the Eternal Optimist Vol. 2 via 12Tone Music – listen HERE. The EP featuring Bipolar Sunshine, Casey Veggies and Loren Gray highlights introspection and solitude, a stark contrast to their debut EP earlier this year.

The divine pairing of Tim James and Antonina Armato – collectively known as Rock Mafia – has added their creative genius to the music of stars like Kehlani, ILLENIUM, Karol G, Miley Cyrus, Eminem, Zedd, Young Thug, Mariah Carey, and BTS to name a few, while also garnering critical acclaim for their own music.

With the ultimate goal of creating a community of artists who have each other’s backs, Rock Mafia gets their inspiration from the rare earth resonance of crystals, quartz, citrine and obsidian, coupled with the idea that music is a spiritual force which at its highest point, moves through us regardless of whether we are creators or listeners. Tim James states “There was so much joy in the room when we made these! We became entranced with soul music , especially sounds from the 70’s and the great soul singers of that era. I think in some respects this is an homage to that timeless era. It is an Honor to share our latest project with the world.”

Songs for the Eternal Optimist Vol. 2:

  1. Get Back Up
  2. Top Of the World feat. Bipolar Sunshine
  3. Keep Comin Back
  4. No More, One More feat. Casey Veggies & Loren Gray

Lewis Capaldi – Before You Go

Lewis Capaldi‘s hit song “Before You Go” finally hit No. 1 Monday on Mediabase‘s Top 40 and Billboard‘s Pop Songs and All Format Radio Songs charts.

Its 36-week climb to the top of Mediabase’s Top 40 and 37-week climb to the top of Billboard’s Pop Songs chart are the longest of both respective lists. The previous record was a 31-week climb up the Billboard Pop Chart set by “Eastside,” the 2018 hit from Benny Blanco, Halsey and Khalid.

Capaldi also joins Mariah Carey, Beyonce and Bruno Mars as the only artists to reach No. 1 with each of their first two entries, as “Someone You Loved” reached No. 1 in Dec. 2019.

“Before You Go” was first released Nov. 2019 on the extended version of Capaldi’s album “Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent.” Since then it has done nothing but grow and spread, even cracking a billion streams.

Capaldi said “Before You Go” is about his aunt who died of suicide, also calling it the most honest and personal song he has ever written.

“It’s about loss, regrets and the fear that we sometimes never understand what someone is going through despite our best want to be everything that person needs,” Capaldi said.

Capaldi picked up a GRAMMY nomination for his song “Someone You Loved” and performed “Before You Go” at the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards where he was nominated for PUSH Best New Artist.

Instead of taking time to sit back and enjoy praise from outlets like Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times and Entertainment Weekly, the Glasgow-born singer-songwriter is now working on his second album.

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Mariah Carey – “Hero” Petition

DOCTOR FROM HOMETOWN OF SUPERSTAR MARIAH CAREY WANTS SONG “HERO” DEDICATED TO LONG ISLAND’S TENS-OF-THOUSANDS COVID-19 HEALTHCARE WORKERS

A doctor from Huntington, Long Island, the birthplace and childhood home of Mariah Carey, wants her to perform her “Hero” dedicated to the Long Island healthcare workers fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.  Dr. David Buchin, Director of Bariatric Surgery at Northwell Health-Huntington Hospital, is launching a petition for the Grammy-Award winning artist to help boost morale and awareness for healthcare heroes. Huntington is among the hardest hit New York City suburbs, with thousands of cases of COVID-19.

Mariah Carey, a 1987 graduate of Harborfields High School, had to put her big 50th birthday (March 27) celebrations on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic. In 2001, in the wake of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, “Hero” became an anthem for the police, firefighters, and emergency personnel responding and helping America recover. Now, as America faces another crisis and acts of hospital heroism are spreading on social media, healthcare workers are worthy of the badge “hero.”

Petition: Mariah Carey: Perform Your Hit-Song “Hero” & Dedicate to Healthcare Heroes!

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Brasstracks – Always Be My Baby

Today, GRAMMY® Award winning duo Brasstracks release a memorable horn-driven interpretation of Mariah Carey’s classic record, “Always Be My Baby.” Download/stream the track HERE.


“’Always Be My Baby’ is one of our very favorite timeless Mariah tunes, says Brasstracks.  “If you asked us to do a cover of this one with a singer, we’d say absolutely not- but Mariah’s vocal runs and the harmony of the tune lent itself so perfectly to what we do, we just had to do a horn cover. On top of that, the minute November hits, you can’t walk anywhere in NYC without hearing Mariah in stores, on the streets, in taxi cabs… I guess we just couldn’t help ourselves. Maybe we’ll get to hear this version in the back of a yellow cab on some winter NYC day.”


Brasstracks EP, Before We Go: Live From Capitol Studios is out now via EQT/Capitol Records and includes the exuberant single, “Professional” featuring Kyle Dion. The duo also released a corresponding live video for each of the EP’s six tracks. Praising the clip for “Snowdaze” featuring Charles Gaines, Billboard said, “the Grammy Award winners recreate the jazzy, hip-hop-tinged track with smooth perfection. The video is powerful, as Gaines delivers delicate vocals and Ivan Jackson and Conor Rayne effortlessly take up the trumpet and drums, respectively.” Watch the live performance video for “Snowdaze” featuring Charles Gaines HERE.  


Ivan Jackson and Conor Rayne formed Brasstracks while studying jazz at NYC’s Manhattan School of Music. Together, they quickly gained a following, after posting their songs and covers online. In 2016, Brasstracks released their debut EP, Good Love, which led to performances at festivals across North America in 2017. A slew of new singles and covers followed, culminating in the two-part project For Those Who Know, which included collaborations with Robert Glasper, The Underachievers, Xavier Omar, and others. Cumulative streams of For Those Who Know now are approaching five million. Brasstracks launched their first headline tour in 2018, playing 19 cities and selling out venues in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and New York City. They have also toured with Lido, Nao, Mr Carmack, Jack Garratt & GRiZ.


In addition to their own recordings, Jackson and Rayne have numerous production credits. In 2016, they produced Chance The Rapper’s “No Problem” featuring Lil Wayne & 2Chainz. This led to a GRAMMY® nomination for Best Rap Song and a GRAMMY win for Best Rap Album for their contribution to Chance’s Coloring Book. In addition to collaborations with Harry Styles, Anderson Paak, GoldLink, Wyclef Jean, Lido and Khalid, Jackson and Rayne have also teamed up with Mark Ronson and contributed to the tracks, “Nothing Breaks Like A Heart,” “Don’t Leave Me Lonely” and “When You Went Away” on his recent album, Late Night Feelings.


Brasstracks have received praise from Complex, XXL, VICE, Billboard, Earmilk, The Guardian and more. FADER said, “Brasstracks’ jazzy horns and mixture of live and programmed percussions [is] a celebration of energy which offers…a unique pleasure all its own.” DJBooth noted, “The Brasstracks mission statement is simple: bring an organic touch to popular music. The rest will be history.” 

*Photo credit: Evan Browning

Homecoming

Netflix released Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé, which presents an intimate look at her historic 2018 Coachella performance that paid homage to America’s historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Interspersed with candid footage and interviews detailing the preparation and powerful intent behind her vision, Homecoming gives a peek into the process and emotional physical sacrifices it took to conceptualize and execute a performance of that magnitude that became a cultural movement. This stand-alone Netflix original is now available globally on Netflix.

As the first black woman to headline Coachella, Homecoming recognizes the African American visionaries who inspired Beyoncé, including HBCU alums Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, activist Marian Wright Edelman, and scholar W.E.B. Du Bois, in addition to cultural luminaries such as Nina Simone, Maya Angelou, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Audre Lorde. Beyoncé’s personal knowledge of the relevance and celebration of HBCUs started with her father, Mathew Knowles, an alumnus of Fisk University.
Shot over eight months, the film follows the global entertainer as she returns to the stage after the birth of her twins, highlighting the comprehensive preparation involved in creating her groundbreaking performance, which included four months of band rehearsals followed by four months of dance rehearsals with over 150 musicians, dancers, and other creatives, — all of whom were hand-picked by the artist herself.
In juggling dual roles as both the director of her live performance and the film that captured the process of making it, Beyoncé says, “It was one of the hardest jobs I have taken on but I knew that I had to push myself and my team to go beyond great to legendary. We knew nothing like this was ever done on a festival level before and it needed to be iconic beyond compare. The performance was an homage to an important part of African American culture. It had to be true to those who know and entertaining and enlightening to those who needed to learn. In making the film and re-telling the story, the purpose remained the same.”
Many in the cast; band, singers, dancers and steppers are former HBCU students, immersed in the HBCU marching band tradition. They joined Beyoncé’s own group of performers, some who have toured with her for years. Viewers not only get to see the intense dance rehearsals and talent of these amazing artists, but hear their personal journey from HBCU student to artist and the lifelong impact that comes with performing alongside Beyoncé in this historic concert.
“So many people who are culturally aware and intellectually sound are graduates from historically black colleges and universities, including my father,” she says in the film. “There is something incredibly important about the HBCU experience that must be celebrated and protected.”
As a treat to her fans, the film also includes, in the end credits, her remake of “Before I Let Go” by Frankie Beverly and Maze, a 1981 R&B classic that’s commonly performed at HBCU games. The single will be available on the film’s soundtrack, Homecoming: The Live Album, available today from Parkwood Entertainment and Columbia Records. smarturl.it/BH9102
Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé was directed and produced by Beyoncé Knowles-Carter. Longtime collaborator Ed Burke served as co-director. Steve Pamon and Erinn Williams are executive producers.
Set List

“Crazy In Love”

“Freedom”

“Lift Ev’ry Voice And Sing”

“Formation”

“Sorry”/”Me, Myself and I”

“Kitty Kat”

“Bow Down”

“I Been On”

“Drunk In Love”

“Diva”

“Flawless” (Remix)

“Feeling Myself”

“Top Off”

“7/11”

“Don’t Hurt Yourself”

“I Care”

“Partition”

“Yoncé”

“Mi Gente (Remix)”

“Mine”

“Baby Boy”

“You Don’t Love Me (No, No, No)”

“Hold Up”

“Countdown”

“Check On It”

“Déjà Vu”(featuring JAY-Z)

“Run the World (Girls)”

“Lose My Breath” (featuring Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams)

“Say My Name” (featuring Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams)

“Soldier” (featuring Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams)

“Get Me Bodied” (With Solange Knowles dancing)

“Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)”

“Love On Top”

About Netflix
Netflix is the world’s leading internet entertainment service with over 148 million paid memberships in over 190 countries enjoying TV series, documentaries and feature films across a wide variety of genres and languages. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on any internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments.
About Parkwood Entertainment
Parkwood Entertainment is an entertainment and management company founded by entertainer and entrepreneur, Beyoncé in 2010. With headquarters in New York City the company houses departments in music and video production, management, marketing, digital, creative, philanthropy, fashion, publicity and a record label. Under its original name, Parkwood Pictures, in 2008, the company released the film Cadillac Records (2008), in which Beyoncé starred and co-produced. The company also released the film, Obsessed (2009), with Beyoncé as star and executive producer. Parkwood Entertainment produced The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour (2013-2014) and The Formation World Tour (2016), and co-produced the ON THE RUN TOUR (2014) and ON THE RUN II (2018).

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Beyoncé’s Homecoming

Writers: Vaughn Lowery, Tara McDonough, Stella Iman Dugall

Every once in a while pop culture encounters a rip in its continuum. The latest breach comes from one of the most effervescent entertainers of all time, Beyoncé Giselle Knowles Carter, as the first Black female to headline one of the most prolific festivals since the iconic Woodstock. Introspective yet intimate, Homecoming is positioned to be one of the most immersive concert series in the history of music and streaming services. Beyoncé, the Director and Executive Producer of the film, creates a visually captivating story from the beginning to end. The documentary answers a plethora of questions, at which the infamous Beyhive has had about the historical moment.

With intermittent quick cuts of her family before, during and after the epic performance, Beyoncé gives herself permission to exhibit her vulnerability. After all, she planned to take the stage at Coachella in 2017 before she was pregnant with her twins. The tour was postponed and we fast forward to ‘Mrs. Carter’ having to deal with the aftermath of a complicated pregnancy, which ultimately ends in a c-section. Similar to friend, and professional tennis superstar, Serena Williams, Beyoncé bounced back harder than ever after her tough pregnancy. Throughout the piece she digs deep and pummels through some of the most difficult days she has ever encountered. She even speaks to her weighing 218 lbs and how she was only able to zip her costume up after months of hard work alongside of a dedicated clean/raw food diet – no meats, carbs, sugars. The director of photography expertly captured an extremely intimate and vulnerable side to the strong and flawless Queen Bey.

Inspiration

Having family members as graduates of some of the prominent HBCU (historically black colleges and universities), Beyoncé was able to tap into the most celebrated moments of their collegiate life. Her full show not only highlighted the history of these schools but also their social networks and fraternal organizations; transforming the stage into one of the most dynamic Black Southern spaces of cultural legacy and pride. Much of it was enunciated with their boot dancing, a traditional dance style for HBCU called J-Setting, in between transitions. These dance formations visually anchored the performance. Contortionists contributed an urban Cirque du Soleil vibe to the display which can be more accurately described as an infused gumbo of Chicago (the musical), Moulin Rouge! and the Off-Broadway play Stomp. To date, the pyramid stage has been persevered onsite at this year’s Coachella as an art installation.

A group of 200 people shared the stage with Queen Bey including Jay Z, Kelly Rowland, Michelle Williams and Solange Knowles. The expansive crew that Beyonce worked and practiced with for 8 months is featured in the documentary, as each individual had their own part in making the event a success. The dancing in her set is not technical, but emotional. The crowd, as well as audiences watching the documentary at home, are meant to feel something from just the way Beyoncé and her dancers, who she handpicked herself, move with each other. The concert experience not only exhibits the immense talent of HBCU musicians but works towards using this heightened exposure to aid these institutions that have been struggling with little resources and grants since their establishment.

After the the release of Homecoming, Netflix will more than likely notice a spike in downloads/subscriptions; Beyonce will notice an increase in her fan base and HBCU enrollment rates will most likely skyrocket. Overall, most audience members will be thrashed into a world of black honor, history and preservation. While the Pew Report notes that there is a varying “black/white digital divide” concerning internet usage, (87% whites, 80% blacks), there is little divide when it comes to mobile platforms. The growth of black presence in media, such as on social media, in streaming services and more, will only continue due to the imminent success of Beyoncé’s partnership with Netflix. Her myriad of success as a dominant Black woman breaks down barriers in the same way Jordan Peele has done for young Black filmmakers across the diaspora. This will become one of the most treasured pieces of mass media and should offer encouragement to both women and minorities to bust through the glass ceiling on all fronts especially digitization and technology.

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Illustrator: Alejandra Villagra

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