Michelle Obama has posted a video in homage to Beyoncé after watching the pop icon’s new Netflix film Homecoming.
The former first lady spoke in a piece to camera, posted on Twitter, addressing Beyoncé directly.
“Hey queen, hey 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 also said she felt inspired by the film and said: “[I love how 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.”
— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) April 18, 2019
“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 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,” Obama said.
Other tributes to Beyoncé’s Homecoming
Actress Laverne Cox also posted a tribute to Beyoncé after watching the film. On Instagram Cox posted a picture of herself in tears, with the caption: “Me watching Homecoming yesterday. Only the Queen could get me to post such an unflattering photo of myself. So many feels!”
Writer and activist George M Johnson also shared his thoughts from the film on Twitter, “create a home where you are. We are the culture,” he wrote in a viral tweet.
Beyonce HOMECOMING reminded me that we have to create home for ourselves. Even in the whitest of spaces. Create home.
Even if it's just the head nod when you are the only two Black people in the room of white folk. Create home where you are. We are the culture.
— George M Johnson (@IamGMJohnson) April 17, 2019
In March, Beyoncé and her husband Jay Z paid tribute to their LGBT+ family members at the GLAAD Awards. Beyoncé emotionally spoke about her uncle, who died during the AIDS crisis.
She said: “I want to dedicate this award to my uncle Johnny, the most fabulous gay man I have ever known, who helped raise me and my sister.”
“He lived his truth and he was brave and unapologetic at a time when this country wasn’t as accepting, and witnessing his battle with HIV was one of the most painful experiences I’ve ever lived,” the singer explained.
While Jay-Z paid tribute to his mother, Gloria Carter, who came out as a lesbian on his 2017 track “Smile.”
He said: “Life is full of highs, lows, and a lot of learning. This is a momentous night and I also want to honour my mother who received the award last year.”