Beyoncé is back and she came to slay.
In an exclusive partnership with Disney+, Beyoncé released her last visual album "Black Is King" on Friday, an exquisite experience to the eye, which led to a digital meltdown. The world seems to stop every time the Queen makes a move and, to be fair, it is not a surprise.
If you’ve already seen Black Is King, you know what I’m talking about. She’s left us all with our mouths wide open and unable to blink – once again – while watching this delightful masterpiece. If you haven’t seen this breath-taking piece of art yet, should you be advised that this article contains spoilers but… keep reading, you’ll thank us later!
Directed and produced by Beyoncé – in collaboration with Ghanaian creative director Kwasi Fordjour –, Black Is King is nothing but a love letter to black culture, black pride and the motherland, Africa.
The movie, based on the Lion King, narrates the story of a young king through the songs of Queen B’s last album "The Gift".
As the director of the film, Bey made sure nobody was left out of this joyful black parade and gave visibility to many talented black artists and creatives such as photographer Travis Matthews, choreographer and creative Jaquel Knight, singers Mr Eazi and Tiwa Savage or dancer Kodak Picture, – who sadly passed away in April –, amongst many others.
Fashion is synonym with Beyoncé, and she didn’t underdeliver when serving looks.
There’s not a single outfit that doesn’t deserve worshipping: from the black and white with golden embellishment one-piece designed by Ivorian designer Loza Maléombho to the jewel-green costume signature of 5:31 Jérôme – both seen in "Already" –, to the white gown Bey wears as the chess Queen in "Mood 4 Eva" designed by Israeli designer Alon Livné.
Not only did Beyoncé celebrate black culture, but also paid a beautiful homage to black women. Featuring her daughter Blue Ivy, her mother Tina Knowles and celebs such as Kelly Rowland, Naomi Campbell, Lupita Nyong’o or Adut Akech, and wearing an outstanding deep purple ballgown designed by Bahraini designer Shaima Al Mansoori, Beyoncé honours black female beauty in "Brown Skin Girl".
"We were beauty before they knew what beauty was", says Queen B.
Later, she sings "Spirit" a capella while wearing a Balmain pleated yellow maxi-dress and stands in the centre of a gospel chorus whose members wear purple suits. What seems to be an emotional tribute in memory of Kobe Bryant, the NBA star who lost his life in an accident earlier this year, marks a spectacular end to Black Is King, which is, undoubtedly, the glorification of black excellence.
Unfortunately, not even Beyoncé is free from detractors but, despite the bad critics, it is unequivocal that Black Is King is a celebration and an ode to black culture, black talent and black love. After so much sadness we’ve already experienced this year, it was about time to put black creativity and culture at the forefront to be recognised and rejoiced.
Long live the Queen!