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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
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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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Jahi Winston

The multi-talented Jahi Winston is set to take 2018 by storm with several projects set to release in the first quarter!

The first of his projects is his lead role in the Sony Pictures & Screen Gems film PROUD MARY.  Playing the role of “Danny,” a young teen doing his best to navigate life in Boston.  Jahi stars opposite Taraji P. Henson who plays “Mary,” a hit woman working for an organized crime family.  Jahi and Taraji’s worlds are flipped upside when one a professional hits goes awry.  Directed by Babak Najafi and written by John Stuart Newman, Christian Swegal and Steven Antin the film also stars Billy Brown and Danny Glover and is set to release January 12, 2018.

Following up his appearance in theaters, Jahi’s next project is Netflix’s thirty-minute dramedy “Everthing Sucks!”  The 10 episode series follows two groups of high school misfits – the AV club and the drama club who collide in this quirky, funny coming-of-age story set in Oregon in 1996.  Jahi plays the lead role of freshman “Luke O’Neil,” the only child of a single mom who joins his school’s AV Club.  Created by Ben York Jones and Michael Mohan, the series is set to release in 2018.

Jahi will also be appearing in the Weinstein Company film The Upside, a remake of the 2011 French blockbuster “The Intouchables.”  Shadowing the comedic relationship between a wealthy paraplegic (Bryan Cranston) and an unemployed man with a criminal record (Kevin Hart) who is hired to help him, the film’s release date is to be determined.

This Atlanta native has had a passion to pursue acting for as long as he can remember and received his first paid acting gig as “Young Simba” in the Broadway production of Disney’s The Lion King.  Starting his career on Broadway, Jahi attributes his discipline and professionalism to his time on the stage and considers it one of the best times of his life.

Currently residing in Marietta, Georgia, Jahi enjoys playing baseball, singing and working on building, his non-profit organization called “You Can Too,” which encourages kids to pursue their dreams in the arts and education.

Social Media:

Instagram: @jahiwinston

Twitter: @jahidiallo

Facebook: @jahidiallo

Elton John’s Greatest Hits Compilation 

Elton John Announces ‘Diamonds’

Ultimate Greatest Hits Compilation Out November 10th

Available to Pre-order Now

  • Available on four physical formats; 1CD, 2CD, 3CD limited edition boxset and 2LP gatefold vinyl, plus digital formats
  • 2CD format contains 34 tracks, and 10 page illustrated booklet
  • 3CD limited edition boxset contains 34 tracks over two discs, plus 17 bonus tracks of personal favorites curated by Elton himself. Also contains 72 page hardback book containing annotations for the stories from each song plus a set of 5 postcard illustrations of Elton
  • 2LP gatefold contains 21 tracks, pressed on 180 gram vinyl and gatefold artwork

Elton John today announces the forthcoming release of ‘Diamonds.’ Released on November 10th through UMe, ‘Diamonds’ is the ultimate greatest hits collection from Elton John and will be available on 1CD, 2CD, 3CD limited edition boxset, 2LP heavy-weight gatefold vinyl and digital formats.

Kicking off with the ever-stunning ‘Your Song,’ this definitive collection brings together all the landmark hits of one of the greatest song books of all time, including ‘Tiny Dancer,’ ‘Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going To Be A Long, Long Time),’ ‘Candle In The Wind,’ ‘Don’t Go Breaking My Heart,’ ‘Sacrifice,’ ‘Can You Feel The Love Tonight.’

Diamonds’ coincides with the 50th anniversary of Elton’s phenomenal song writing partnership with Bernie Taupin. Meeting in 1967 through a music magazine advert seeking songwriters, Elton and Bernie went on to become one of the most enduring song writing duos of all time, achieving a sustained level of success that puts them head and shoulders above the competition. Catapulted into the limelight as a song writing force in 1971 with ‘Your Song,’ the duo never stood still creatively, defining an era with their run of back-to-back classic 1970’s albums. While ‘Candle In The Wind’ topped the charts in three different decades and 2016’s critically acclaimed ‘Wonderful, Crazy, Night’ was a top ten hit in the US, their legacy is one that is unrivalled in terms of longevity, creativity and commercial success.

Speaking about their relationship, Elton says: ‘We are at 50 years, and our relationship is healthier than it’s ever been. There have been times in our relationship when we’ve written with other people, but it still didn’t stop the love. I love Bernie more than I’ve ever done and I think he probably feels the same way about me, because we’ve both led separate lives; we both write in separate rooms. We have an amazing respect and love for each other that’s only grown.’

Bernie Taupin says: ‘We still get a kick out of what we do; it’s what we do – when we come together and write something, it still has that magical quality to it – it doesn’t get any better than that. That feeling hasn’t aged.’

Available in the US to pre-order now on four physical formats (plus digital formats), the 1CD version of ‘Diamonds’ contains 17 songs, the 2CD version of ‘Diamonds’ contains 34 songs, a 10-page booklet with contemporary illustrations of iconic Elton looks, while the 2LP version is pressed onto heavy-weight 180 gram vinyl and contains gatefold artwork. Housed in an attractive lidded box, the 3CD limited edition boxset version of ‘Diamonds’ also contains a 72-page hardback book containing annotations for the stories behind each track plus a set of five postcards of illustrations of Elton. As well as a collection of some of the best loved songs of all time, all illustrations in these four formats are by contemporary artist Richard Kilroy.

The announcement of this definitive package comes at a time when Elton’s enduring legacy and relevance across the worlds of music, fashion and entertainment continues to burn as brightly as ever. Just last week Gucci unveiled their Spring Summer 2018 collection designed by Alessandro Michele and inspired by Elton’s inimitable style, referencing original items taken from the style icon’s archives. Elton also attended the world premiere of global box office number one sensation Kingsman: The Golden Circle, a film in which he appears as himself in a critically lauded, hilariously tongue-in-cheek role. Kingsman: The Golden Circle also features some of the classic tracks which can be found on ‘Diamonds,’ including ‘Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting.)’

An unparalleled career that has forever changed the cultural landscape, Elton John and Bernie Taupin’s music continues to fill stadiums, top charts and win new fans across the generations.

DIAMONDS
 
1CD STANDARD (U.S. Only)

 
1. Your Song
2. Tiny Dancer
3. Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going To Be A Long, Long Time)
4. Crocodile Rock
5. Daniel
6. Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting)
7. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
8. Candle In The Wind
9. Bennie And The Jets
10. Philadelphia Freedom
11. Island Girl
12. Don’t Go Breaking My Heart [Elton John and Kiki Dee]
13. Mama Can’t Buy You Love
14. I’m Still Standing
15. I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues
16. Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me [George Michael and Elton John]
17. Can You Feel The Love Tonight

 
STANDARD (2CD, DIGITAL)

 
CD1        

1. Your Song
2. Tiny Dancer
3. Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going To Be A Long, Long Time)
4. Honky Cat
5. Crocodile Rock
6. Daniel
7. Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting)
8. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
9. Candle In The Wind
10. Bennie And The Jets
11. The Bitch Is Back
12. Philadelphia Freedom
13. Island Girl
14. Someone Saved My Life Tonight
15. Don’t Go Breaking My Heart [Elton John and Kiki Dee]
16. Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word
17. Little Jeannie

 
CD2        

1. Song For Guy
2. Blue Eyes
3. I’m Still Standing
4. I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues
5. Sad Songs (Say So Much)
6. Nikita
7. I Don’t Wanna Go On With You Like That
8. Sacrifice
9. Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me [George Michael and Elton John]
10. Something About The Way You Look Tonight
11. I Want Love
12. Can You Feel The Love Tonight
13. Are You Ready For Love?
14. Electricity
15. Home Again
16. Looking Up
17. Circle Of Life

 

 
DELUXE (3CD, DIGITAL)

CD1        

1. Your Song
2. Tiny Dancer
3. Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going To Be A Long, Long Time)
4. Honky Cat
5. Crocodile Rock
6. Daniel
7. Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting)
8. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
9. Candle In The Wind
10. Bennie And The Jets
11. The Bitch Is Back
12. Philadelphia Freedom
13. Island Girl
14. Someone Saved My Life Tonight
15. Don’t Go Breaking My Heart [Elton John and Kiki Dee]
16. Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word
17. Little Jeannie

 

 
CD2        

1. Song For Guy
2. Blue Eyes
3. I’m Still Standing
4. I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues
5. Sad Songs (Say So Much)
6. Nikita
7. I Don’t Wanna Go On With You Like That
8. Sacrifice
9. Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me [George Michael and Elton John]
10. Something About The Way You Look Tonight
11. I Want Love
12. Can You Feel The Love Tonight
13. Are You Ready For Love?
14. Electricity
15. Home Again
16. Looking Up
17. Circle Of Life

 
CD3        

1. Skyline Pigeon
2. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
3. Pinball Wizard
4. Mama Can’t Buy You Love
5. Part-Time Love
6. Victim of Love
7. Empty Garden (Hey Hey Johnny)
8. Kiss The Bride
9. That’s What Friends Are For [Dionne Warwick with Elton John, Gladys Knight & Stevie Wonder]
10. The One
11. True Love [Elton John and Kiki Dee]
12. Believe
13. Live Like Horses [Elton John and Luciano Pavarotti]
14. Written In The Stars [Elton John and LeAnn Rimes]
15. This Train Don’t Stop There Anymore
16. Good Morning To The Night [Elton vs PNAU]
17. Step Into Christmas

 
2LP

Side A    

1. Your Song
2. Tiny Dancer
3. Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going To Be A Long, Long Time)
4. Crocodile Rock
5. Daniel
 
Side B    

1. Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting)
2. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
3. Candle In The Wind
4. Bennie And The Jets
5. Someone Saved My Life Tonight
 
Side C    
1. Don’t Go Breaking My Heart [Elton John and Kiki Dee]
2. Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word
3. Song For Guy
4. Blue Eyes
5. I’m Still Standing
6. I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues
 
Side D    
1. Nikita
2. Sacrifice
3. Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me [George Michael and Elton John]
4. Can You Feel The Love Tonight
5. Are You Ready For Love?

 

 
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Elton John AIDS Foundation to Commemorate Its 25th Year and Honor Founder Sir Elton John

On Tuesday, November 7, 2017, the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) will host its annual New York Fall Gala at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City.  This year’s gala commemorates the Foundation’s 25th year and honors Founder Sir Elton John. President Bill Clinton, Governor Andrew M. CuomoSharon Stone, and others will pay tribute to Elton John’s achievements as a philanthropist and humanitarian. The legendary Aretha Franklin will be the special musical guest, along with performances by violinist Joshua Bell and Broadway’s The Lion King, featuring Heather HeadleyNeil Patrick Harris will host the event.

“Elton’s philanthropic endeavors and activism for human rights and the arts have inspired millions and made a positive difference in people’s lives around the world,” said EJAF Chairman David Furnish. “But without a doubt, Elton’s greatest contribution as a humanitarian is his 25-year commitment to building one of the most important institutions in the effort to end AIDS – the Elton John AIDS Foundation.”

“At this time of great uncertainty in the world, EJAF’s work is more important than ever. After 25 years, EJAF remains steadfastly committed to addressing the unmet needs of people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS and fighting stigma as a major driver of the global AIDS epidemic,” said EJAF Executive Director Scott Campbell. “We believe everyone living with HIV/AIDS should have immediate access to high quality medical care and all people at risk of HIV should be empowered with the best knowledge and tools available to prevent transmission no matter who they are, who they love, where they come from, or what they do.”

EJAF is also delighted to announce American Airlines, BVLGARI, Robert K. Kraft, Leonard and Judy Lauder Fund, and Bob and Tamar Manoukian as the Presenting Sponsors for this year’s gala.

The Co-Sponsor for this year’s gala is The John R. Eckel, Jr. Foundation. Gold Sponsors are Joseph W. BlountDon Capoccia and Tom Pegues, Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation, Gilead Sciences, M•A•C Viva Glam, and Jo and Raffy Manoukian. Silver Sponsors are Disney Theatrical Productions and Merck.

EJAF Chairman David Furnish will serve as the honorary chair for the Gala.  As part of this year’s special tribute to Elton, EJAF created a Founder’s Circle, a special group of EJAF supporters made up entirely of former recipients of the Foundation’s Enduring Vision Award and Founder’s Award:  Tim AllenBill and Tani Austin, The Honorable Ban Ki-Moon, John and Edwina BarbisJoseph W. BlountM. Michele Burns, President Bill Clinton, Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton, Governor Andrew M. CuomoJohn DemseyTracey EminFrank Tiberius GangiFrank GiustraGreg GormanCharlie HendonDiana JenkinsJay JoplingJeffrey and Marilyn KatzenbergCaroline and Sidney KimmelBillie Jean King and Ilana KlossRobert K. KraftLeonard LauderSandra LeeBob and Tamar ManoukianJo and Raffy ManoukianTamara MellonSharon and Ozzy OsbourneHoward RoseLily SafraPablo and Nathalie SalameCaroline ScheufeleSharon Stone, and Steve Tisch.

Event Chairs for the Gala are: Jean-Christophe BabinAlec and Hilaria BaldwinSandra BrantDon Capoccia and Tom PeguesAndy CohenSheryl CroweAlan Cumming, Jennifer Kelly Dominiquini, Dennis R. Fee and Stephen P. CarlinoRichard GereNeil Patrick Harris and David BurtkaCaitlyn JennerBilly JoelQuincy JonesMark JulianoHeidi Klum, Padma Lakshmi, Matt LauerCyndi LauperSandra LeeSpike and Tonya LeeJudith LightSusan LucciBaz Luhrmannand Catherine MartinEric and Janet McCormackTerrence MeckBette MidlerThomas E. Moore, III and Mark ReynoldsMatthew Morrison, James L. and Margo NederlanderMartha NelsonKaty PerryThomas SchumacherDarren Walker, and John Waters.

For ticket information, please contact Andreas Schwarz at the Elton John AIDS Foundation, 212.219.0670 or andreas.schwarz@ejaf.org.

American Airlines is the official airline of the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

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About the Elton John AIDS Foundation

At the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) we believe AIDS can be beaten. We act on that belief by raising funds for evidence-based programs and policies, and also by speaking out with honesty and compassion about the realities of people’s lives. Elton John created EJAF nearly 25 years ago, first in the United States in 1992 and then in the United Kingdom in 1993. Through the generous support of far-sighted individuals, foundations, and corporations, the two foundations together have raised more than $385 million over the past quarter century to challenge discrimination against people affected by the epidemic, prevent infections, provide treatment and services, and motivate governments to end AIDS. The U.S. foundation focuses its efforts on programs in the United States, the Americas, and the Caribbean, while the U.K. foundation funds HIV-related work in EuropeAsia, and Africa. Join us in speaking out, taking action, and contributing to our efforts to achieve a world without AIDS.  For more information, please visit www.ejaf.org.

American Airlines is the official airline of the Elton John AIDS Foundation.