JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Mississippi’s very own Jackson State University was recently mentioned in Beyoncé’s ‘Homecoming’ documentary on Netflix!
Beyoncé’s Coachella performance took inspiration from J-Setting and other dance styles of Historically Black Colleges and Universities marching bands.
One of the HBCU’s mentioned was none other than JSU’s Sonic Boom of the South and Prancing J-Settes! One of those dancers is Mary Sampson.
“Just seeing Jackson State.s name on the screen... It’s like, I’m Jackson State! I am apart of that. When I think of JSU I think of me because this University has done so much for me. When I see that I see that she is recognizing JSU and my work as well.”
“Beyoncé is my role model! I know everything about her... down to her middle name, her age, and where she is from," she laughs.
O’Necia Ford says being recognized for her passion is a dream come true.
“Someone as big as her bringing that around the world for so many people to see.. now a lot of people are open to it and know about it!”
The 2-hour Netflix documentary shows behind the scenes footage of Beyoncé’s dance moves inspired by JSU’s Prancing J-Settes.
“It is an honor for someone as high as Beyoncé, I mean, she has been all over the world. For her to pay honor to HBCU and to JSU, it is an honoring experience.”
Director of JSU’s Prancing J-Settes Chloe Crowley is no stranger to the stage. She was the J-Settes captain back in 2009.
Crowley says at the end of the day being there for her girls is the most important part of her job.
“It is not about the dance, it is about seeing them go through college. They come to me as freshman and leave as women! That is the most exciting part about coming to work everyday."
The prancing J-Settes say it’s Beyoncé’s recognition to black culture, and her tribute to HBCUs, that make this documentary so special.