Tuesday 21 May 2019

Michelle Obama hails Beyoncé as 'queen' as she praises Netflix documentary 'Homecoming'

Former first lady Michelle Obama speaks at the AccorHotels Arena during a book tour to promote her memoir
Former first lady Michelle Obama speaks at the AccorHotels Arena during a book tour to promote her memoir "Becoming" in Paris, France, April 16, 2019. REUTERS/Charles Platiau
Former first lady Michelle Obama and Isha Sesay speak at the AccorHotels Arena during a book tour to promote her memoir "Becoming" in Paris, France, April 16, 2019. REUTERS/Charles Platiau
Former US First Lady Michelle Obama talks about her autobiography 'Becoming' as she sits on stage at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam on April 17, 2019. (Photo by Remko de Waal / ANP / AFP) / Netherlands OUTREMKO DE WAAL/AFP/Getty Images
Former first lady Michelle Obama speaks at the AccorHotels Arena during a book tour to promote her memoir "Becoming" in Paris, France, April 16, 2019. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

Alex Green

Michelle Obama has hailed Beyonce as a "queen" in a video praising her recent Netflix documentary.

The former US first lady sent a message to the singer, 37, after she released the film detailing her vaunted 2018 headline performance at Coachella festival.

In the short video posted to Twitter, Obama praised Homecoming for celebrating "the black leaders, thinkers and poets who have paved the way for folks like us".

The film explores Beyonce's show at the Californian festival, which featured appearances from her sister Solange, her husband Jay-Z, and her former group Destiny's Child.

Obama said: "Hey queen, you have done it again. Constantly raising the bar for all of us and doing it flawlessly. I'd say I am 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. I also love that your new Netflix film Homecoming is informed by the black leaders, thinkers and poets who have paved the way for folks like us.

File photo dated 28/08/16 of Beyonce Knowles. PA/PA Wire
File photo dated 28/08/16 of Beyonce Knowles. PA/PA Wire

"I love that it is a celebration and a call to action. And I love that you are 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 want to say, keep telling the truth because you can do it in a way that no one else can."

Former US First Lady Michelle Obama talks about her autobiography 'Becoming' as she sits on stage at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam on April 17, 2019. (Photo by Remko de Waal / ANP / AFP) / Netherlands OUTREMKO DE WAAL/AFP/Getty Images
Former US First Lady Michelle Obama talks about her autobiography 'Becoming' as she sits on stage at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam on April 17, 2019. (Photo by Remko de Waal / ANP / AFP) / Netherlands OUTREMKO DE WAAL/AFP/Getty Images

The pair met in 2009, shortly before Obama's husband was inaugurated.

More recently Beyonce penned a piece which sat alongside Obama's 2019 entry into the Time 100 list, in which she described her as a "brilliant black woman" and a "beacon of hope".

The highly-anticipated film presents behind-the-scenes footage and interviews from before, during and after the show.

Homecoming is streaming on Netflix now

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