We knew it would be epic, but we didn’t know it would be THIS EPIC! Beyoncé’s “Black Is King” film premiered on Disney+ in the wee hours of Friday morning and for those who could stay up for the drop were in for an amazing treat.
As Bey stated, the project, which was originally filmed as a companion piece to “The Lion King: The Gift” soundtrack, is “meant to celebrate the breadth and beauty of Black ancestry.” And that it did!
The visual album certainly evoked the richness and fullness of Black beauty in a way only Yonce could achieve. Bey aimed to “present elements of Black history and African tradition, with a modern twist and a universal message, and what it truly means to find your self-identity and build a legacy.” And by the looks of the reception on social media, she definitely did that…
— Dani Kwateng (@danikwateng) July 31, 2020
I wish I had a visual like #BlackIsKing in my youth. I’m tearing up thinking about how these images and words will affect the dark-skinned girls and boys around the world who are constantly “othered.” Like I was.
— Khalea Underwood (@letsbeKHAlear) July 31, 2020
Just when I think I couldn’t love Beyoncé more, she’s put dark-skinned Indian women and girls in the video for BROWN SKIN GIRL Doing more for representation for dark-skinned South Asian women than most Bollywood celebrities who prefer to promote skin lightening #BlackIsKing pic.twitter.com/py7hByANRb
— Shehnaz Khan (@shehnazkhan) July 31, 2020
— Bassie the Prefect (@BassieM_) July 31, 2020
Fans also recognized that Bey’s baby girl Blue Ivy is a young icon in the making!
Blue Ivy, the young legend. pic.twitter.com/8jkg6qUXu4
— BlueIvy’sPearls (@KirkWrites79) July 31, 2020
— kamala (@seluliwe_) July 31, 2020
— Freeform (@FreeformTV) July 31, 2020
— (@kristenkordei) July 31, 2020
Queen Bey said that with this project “it was important to create a film that instills pride and knowledge … This is a story of how the people left MOST BROKEN have EXTRAORDINARY gifts.” Do you think “Black is King” achieved it’s goal?
Watch the full visual album “Black is King” on Disney+ NOW!