'Black Is King': Beyoncé's celebration of Black history and culture makes fans call film a 'masterpiece'
The film serves as a way to envision a better future for Black people worldwide, but also demonstrates Beyoncé's skills as a writer, director, and storyteller
Beyoncé's 'Black Is King' has dropped, and it is everything her fans could have hoped for and more. Featuring a journey of self-discovery told through the ages, blending African cultures with diasporic experiences and a vision for a free people, Beyoncé has delivered yet another "masterpiece", at least as far as her fans are concerned. The film was created as a companion piece to 'The Lion King: The Gift' and this features largely the same soundtrack albeit with a few new additions, so while it is not fresh music, it does more than make up for it with is visuals and message.
'Black Is King', in addition to focusing on redefining the Black experience through a new lens, also features a massive range of Black talent, many of whom have earned praise from all corners, including Ghanaian singer-songwriter Shatta Wale and Ghanaian dancer from Ashaiman, Dance God Lloyd and his team. Beyoncé took great pains to film on location in different parts of Africa in her effort to keep the film authentic, and this is reflected in the various African cultures depicted in the film.
God bless Wizkid, Davido and Burnaboy for always putting Africa on the map! #BlackIsKing— Bad boy Yomi 💸 (@_rhymezofficial) July 31, 2020
Fans are also already picking their favorite tracks off the record, with 'Brown Skin Girl' being one of the most popular. The track sees Beyoncé celebrate Black and Brown girls and women, extending her appreciation to women from other cultures, and the video includes an adorable and emotional scene between the singer and Destiny's Child bandmate Kelly Rowland, someone Beyoncé has always considered a sister and a dear friend, all of which adds to the emotionally-charged film.
Y’all sleeping on “Find Your Way Back” & “Otherside” Visuals! Plus the messages, genius!!!! #BlackIsKing— Antwuan Self ♔ (@twizzle247) July 31, 2020
Admittedly, it's hard to select a favorite, because every single track in this visual album oozes excellence. 'Black Is King' truly is Beyoncé at her finest. But in addition to the singer herself, daughter Blue Ivy Carter got a whole lot of praise too, with some fans commending the budding artiste's acting and singing as well as her various other contributions to the film. And considering the overarching message of the film to build a better world for future generations and making the ancestors proud, it appears Blue Ivy is slaying the game and living her truth and is definitely making her parents proud.
Overall, 'Black Is King' is clearly a hit. Fans have called the film an "effortless slay," adding that it is making them cry and is giving them goosebumps, and many are predicting the film and album are all set to sweep every award show.
One fan went on to call Beyonce a legend and an icon.
While some others were demanding a full concert.
I need a #BlackIsKing concert 😭😭😭 a one off show on Disney+— Minerva McGonagall (@KEY9481) July 31, 2020