All Hail the Queen: Beyoncé Knowles and the Aesthetic Return Home in Contemporary Black Art and Popular Culture

In her ground-breaking opening performance at Coachella, Beyoncé Knowles brought us home. All Hail the Queen. This pivotal performance was themed on historically black college culture (HBCU) signified by a step-show, a marching band, and a dance-off with her sister Solange. Home in African American cultural production is not always attached to physical space. This deterritorialized consciousness is a result of historical dislocation and the experience of oppression that came with enslavement and Jim Crowism. Home resides in the idea of…

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