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Get ready, Beyhive: Beyoncé’s debut film is coming to Netflix

'Carmen: A Hip-Hopera' hits the streaming platform on June 1.


Dominic-Madori Davis


Published May 30, 2019   Updated May 20, 2021, 11:33 am CDT

One of the most iconic hip-hop films of all time will make its way to Netflix on June 1, and no, it’s not Get Rich or Die Tryin’. It’s Carmen: A Hip-Hopera, and it stars no other than the queen herself, Beyoncé Knowles.

The film, which was supposed to be a modern take on the 1954 classic musical Carmen Jones, was the superstar singer’s debut film. It’s hard to imagine now, but Beyoncé still had to go by her first and last name be to recognized at the time.

The film also stars Mekhi Phifer, Lil’ Bow Wow, Wyclef Jean, and Jermaine Dupri, in what has become a cult classic and must-see for any true member of the Beyhive.

Carmen: A Hip-Hopera has been nearly impossible to find, so it’s safe to assume most of Beyoncé’s newer fans have yet to see the star in her debut role. But, this is perhaps one of the biggest pop culture moments of the year for those who watched the film —or recorded it on their VCRs—when it first came out.

In fact, Twitter went into a frenzy when Netflix announced the film’s return, nearly 18 years after its initial release.

Now, young members of the Hive—as in, those who came during the era of her other iconic film Obsessedwill now be able to relive the very beginning of the superstar’s career before Beyoncé Knowles became, well, Beyoncé.


H/T Uproxx

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*First Published: May 30, 2019, 6:47 pm CDT