Beyoncé’s New Film, ‘Black is King’ is A Celebration of Sisterhood, Spirituality, Black Skin, and more.
“With this visual album, I wanted to present elements of Black history and African tradition, with a modern twist and a universal message…” – Beyoncé
First and foremost, Black Is King is a cinematic, musical, and fashion masterpiece.
The new visual album, Black is King follows Beyoncé’s project Lion King: The Gift, which accompanied the Disney blockbuster, The Lion King around this time last summer.
It continues the message of what she described as “a love letter to Africa” and quite frankly, Black Is King is everything fans could have anticipated and more. It is embedded with rich symbolism, spirituality, and influences beautifully intertwined with Black culture and African tradition. It is a celebration of brown skin, sisterhood, and life. And it most definitely reaches the goal Beyoncé set out to achieve, “… [t]hat you watch it with your family and that it gives you pride.”
Each song takes you through a personal journey, with the lyrics bringing up themes intended for you to self-reflect on. The lessons are reimagined from The Lion King movie and set into the context of today, “For the young kings and queens in search of their crowns.” Posing rhetorical questions such as, what does it truly mean to find yourself, identity, and build a legacy?
The timing of this release arrives at a time when it is needed most — when the Black community is demanding for police reform, visible change, their Black lives, and the uplifting of Black voices. Using her platform and powerful voice, Beyoncé continues to step into her grander purposer.
When she released the original trailer on July 19th, she explained, “I believe that when Black people tell our own stories, we can shift the axis of the world and tell our REAL history of generational wealth and richness of soul that are not told in our history books,” Beyoncé said.
Ending her album with a dedication to her son, Sir Carter, she shared one additional message. “And to all our sons and daughters, the sun and the moon bow for you. You are the keys to the Kingdom,” she said. Resonating in the hearts of many around the world, Black Is King is now available on Disney +.
Spoiler alert: The outfits that have taken over the internet are below.