Written by: Briana Wright @misswrighttv
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From the moment of its release on Friday, July 31st, "Black is King" has been all that anybody can talk about. Beyoncé's visual album gave viewers The Lion King: The Gift in a whole new light, blinding viewers with nothing but Black royalty! If you haven't tuned in already, here are 5 reasons why you should...
The Fire Fits!
I'm sure the making of the wardrobe for this film could be a film in itself, because the outfits were nothing short of ICONIC! She stepped on necks in animal print with her exclusive cow print outfit in the "Already" video and the cheetah print fits from "Mood 4 Eva."
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Some fits were barely fits at all, like the full body paint used in multiple scenes. But what made it even more unique was the use of African-themed accessories. Rope necklaces, head wraps & pieces, all brought modern Bey and African ancestry together to make gems!
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2. The Choreo!
Now, we all know Beyoncé never fails when it comes to performing but in this film EVERYONE slayed the choreography. Songs like "Don't Jealous Me" "Already" and "Power" showed Beyoncé true versatility when it comes to dancing and the skill of her cast as well. (Sis with the short blonde cut, y'all know who she is...KILLED IT!)
3. The Celebrity Features!
The album already has a lot of features, especially from major African artists like WizKid, Burna Boy, Mr. Eazi, etc. What was cool about the film was that we got to see a lot of them, along with some familiar faces!
Female artists in particular popped out, such as Yemi Alade, Tierra Whack, Nija, Busiswa, Moonchild Sanelly and more. We also saw Pharrell, Lupita Nyong'o, Kelly Rowland, Naomi Campbell, and Bey's fam: Tina Knowles, Jay-Z, Blue, Rumi and Sir.
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4. The Symbolism/Creativity!
Honestly, Bey might have to drop a perspective video to explain some of what we saw, because it was deep chile. Some parts that stuck out to me were the different colored body paints (blues, whites, greens) the human chess board, the Black men in vintage European wigs and the entire video for "Other Side." (I actually shed a tear during this video...lol)
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If I had to take a stab at it, I'd say most symbols were displaying Black royalty and a connection to our ancestors. Although, no matter how you interpret it I guarantee you will be moved.
5. The Unapologetic Blackness!
Last, but never least, you will without a doubt feel like a King or Queen if you're a Black person watching this film. You'll feel in touch with your roots and celebrated!
Even if you're not Black, you'll be bombarded with our art, creativity, and flare and that alone is a sight to behold. Trust me.
Stream "Black is King" now, on Disney+.