Why Beyoncé’s “Black Is King” Resonates With Black People Worldwide
The highly anticipated visual album to Beyoncé’s Lion King: The Gift “Black Is King” dropped on July 31st and the internet has erupted in a standing ovation.
Many have described the visual album a masterpiece, arguably topping the visual album to lemonade which is no small feat. The 85-minute long filmed features a cast of celebratory individuals such as Lupita Nyongo, Kelly Rowland, Jay Z Pharrell Williams, Yemi Alade, Shatta Wale amongst others.
Deemed “a celebratory memoir for the world on the Black experience” the visual album switches around the world— from New York to Los Angeles, South Africa, West Africa, to London and Belgium — to capture performances of actors as they undulate in front colorful backdrops. “Black Is King” is an ode to black culture; a fundamental representation of its richness and blackness without it making it look grotesque, contrived, overly affluent, or stereotypical.
Another noteworthy aspect of the visual album its representation and appreciation of all shades of black and brown. Over the years, the media tends to take a non-binary position on white and black representation. As such, black is dark skin and white is white ( Fenty broke records in this aspect). This album, in “Brown Skin Girl” brought to fore all of the shades between black and brown, little wonder it struck a nerve with many.
— T (@GoodSande) July 31, 2020
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Beyoncé herself dazzles in an array of striking outfits; a majestic blend of uber-centric, haute couture, and cultural pieces that has all in awe.
The whole album is a feast for the senses and has so far accrued high praises from many.
See some reactions on twitter to the album
While Indian celebs are busy promoting fairness cream ads, doing everything to lighten their skins, Beyoncé is including beautiful dark skinned Indian representation in Brown Skin Girl song of her visual album, the real global icon ❤#BlackIsKing pic.twitter.com/Oa3B5hmEWA
— rumi⁷ ☁️💜🐳💜 (@rukmini_ARMY) July 31, 2020
— #smile (@quinzydaura) July 31, 2020
CRYING REAL TEARS because my Queen @Beyonce included Indian girls in her Brown Skin Girl video too!!! I feel so loved and seen 😭 #BlackIsKing thank you for sharing this beautiful masterpiece with us 💛 pic.twitter.com/2qPN3uZj3S
— Ritika🌹 (@lildebbbz) July 31, 2020
— jefferyy.j (@JefferyB2021) July 31, 2020
That brown skin girl part really bought out my ugly cry pic.twitter.com/avtK2O5YfM
— ً (@ASVPThuggin) July 31, 2020
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