Beyonce's 'Black is King' is a celebration of Black beauty, joy, and excellence

Yep, it's a masterpiece.
July 31, 2020 12:28 p.m. EST
August 4, 2020 5:50 p.m. EST
Beyoncé’s Black is King arrived on Disney+ this morning and immediately cemented itself as one of the greatest achievements in filmmaking, celebrating Black excellence and paying homage to Black history and culture, two subjects that are typically ignored, whitewashed or appropriated in mass media. Fans have been reacting to the highly anticipated visual album, which Beyoncé helped write, direct, and produce, and the reviews are unanimous. Beyoncé is queen, but more importantly, she’s using her art to make other BIPOC people feel like royalty.Black is King was originally intended to be released in conjunction with Beyoncé’s 2019 album The Lion King: The Gift but eventually grew into its own standalone project. Making the film a collaborative process, Beyoncé worked with Kwasi Fordjour, Jake Nava, Pierre Debusschere, Ibra Ake, Blitz Bazawule, Emmanuel Adjei, Dikayl Rimmasch and Jenn Nkiru, as well as musicians Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell, Jessie Reyez, Wizkid, Tierra Whack, and Burna Boy.To celebrate the arrival of Black is King, Beyoncé dropped the full-length music video for “Already” featuring Shatta Wale and Major Lazer only a few hours before the film was released.Black is King only arrived on Disney+ today but is already sitting at a 100 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes with 1,100 audience votes, because slay. Fans are praising Beyoncé’s latest massive achievement, which is not only a musical and visual masterpiece, but it also celebrates Black history, fashion and culture like few projects have done before. Black is King was a family affair, starting with Beyoncé’s decision to dedicate the film to her son, Sir Carter. Is it raining on our face? Blue Ivy also appears several times throughout the film and acts as a reminder that Black is King is a celebration of Black excellence that is important for people of all ages to witness. Black is King also includes music by Bey’s husband Jay-Z, as well as appearances by her mother Tina Knowles-Carter and youngest daughter Rumi. During “Brown Skin Girl,” Beyoncé also got some help from her famous friends, including models Naomi Campbell and Adut Akech, as well as Lupita Nyong’o and Kelly Rowland, both of whom are name-checked in the single. “Brown Skin Girl” and its praise of Black beauty hit home for many fans who are finally seeing themselves represented on screen and celebrated for their skin colour. Fans are also applauding Beyoncé’s inclusion of South Asian women in the video for “Brown Skin Girl.” Beyoncé is a whole mood. The looks in Black is King make it the hottest runway of 2020, complete with designs by Mugler, Burberry, Molly Goddard and Mary Katrantzou. And let’s not forget the yellow fashion moments. Not a single frame from the film was wasted. Fans also took note of Beyoncé’s incredible choreography throughout the film. From the music to the dancing to the storytelling and stunning visuals, the Beyhive has spoken and agree that Beyoncé is queen. [video_embed id='2004641']BEFORE YOU GO: Naomi Campbell reacts to Anna Wintour’s note on Vogue’s lack of diversity [/video_embed]

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