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    25 Thoughts I Had While Watching Beyoncé's New Visual Album, "Black Is King"

    All hail Queen Bey!

    Hi there! Proud member of the Bey Hive here. I've spent the past few years thinking that Beyoncé cannot possibly outdo herself, and once again, Queen Bey has proved me wrong.

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    On Friday, Yoncé dropped Black Is King on Disney+. My friends, it is glorious. An artistic reimagining of The Lion King in contemporary times, it's a fusion of film, poetry, dance, and music that features many African creatives and landscapes. In essence, it's an ode to Black excellence, and I'm here for it.


    Black Is King is also a visual companion to the album The Lion King: The Gift and Beyoncé's personal passion project.

    1. One of Beyonce's first lines is "let Black be synonymous with glory." PREACH, queen! We're off to a great start.

    Beyoncé holding a baby and looking in the distance

    2. Okay, can we just take a minute to appreciate how precious and beautiful Blue Ivy looks here with her mom?

    Beyoncé and her daughter, Blue Ivy

    3. It's oddly satisfying to see the iconic role of Simba go to an actual human boy rather than an animated lion (though he's awesome too, don't get me wrong).

    Simba in an animal-print outfit

    4. This image of Beyoncé holding the moon up in the sky is just another reminder that she is the queen of this world.

    Beyoncé holding up her arms with the moon behind her

    5. I guess Lord Afrixana, a musician from Ghana, basically assumes the role of the hyenas, since he greets Simba in the modern equivalent of the elephant graveyard. I fully support this choice, as this man is HOT.

    Lord Afrixana with a python around his shoulders

    6. Oh no! Mufasa being run over by motorcycles is still really sad. Waaaah.

    Mufasa with motorcycle lights on him

    7. I'm such a fan of Bey's inclusivity. Even though this album is chiefly about Black culture and identity, she asked Jessie Reyez, a non-Black woman of Colombian descent, to join the party.

    Jessie Reyez singing

    8. Human-Scar roaring is pretty scary, but it's also really cool.

    Scar roaring towards the camera

    9. Well, this is the coolest funeral outfit I've ever seen. Can I borrow this sometime, Bey?

    Beyoncé with a white dress made of rope at the top and lace at the bottom

    10. LOL, Simba fell asleep and dreamed he grew up to be a rich Jay-Z? That's a mood, honestly.

    Simba lying in a car and Jay-Z lying in a car

    11. Hell yeah! This is a re-creation of the Carters' now-iconic "APESHIT" music video at the Louvre Museum. Except this time, the painting behind them is not the Mona Lisa, but of BEYONCÉ HERSELF...

    Beyoncé and Jay-Z standing in front a painting of her, and Beyoncé and Jay-Z standing in front of the Mona Lisa

    12. ...and the painting is actually Beyoncé with her daughter and twins!!! Is it for sale? Because I would 100% put this above my fireplace.

    Beyoncé in a painting with her daughter and twins

    13. First, we see Jay-Z playing chess, then we jump to a massive chessboard with actual humans, then we see Queen Bey as the chess queen?! I'm just eating up all this symbolism.


    14. Here we have the African-American flag (which combines the US flag with the Pan-African flag colors). This is SO important because it's a direct shoutout to members of the African diaspora in America.

    African-American flag held by a bunch of people

    15. Pharrell singing the song "Water" on a stage made of water jugs is just *chef's kiss.*

    Pharrell singing on a stage of water bottles

    16. Leave it to Bey to combine the beauty of Kelly Rowland, Lupita Nyong'o, and Naomi Campbell in one song.


    17. And in the middle of the song "Brown Skin Girl," Tamil model Sheerah Ravindren makes an appearance in a much-appreciated nod to all the dark-skinned South Asian ladies out there.

    Sheerah Ravindren in a decorative outfit

    18. Can we just take a moment to appreciate the masterpieces that are Beyoncé's hairstyles?

    Beyoncé with her hair in braids wrapped around her head in various styles

    19. Aww, we've got Tina Knowles, Beyoncé, Blue Ivy, and Rumi together! And they're matching!! Three generations of beautiful women.

    Tina Knowles, Beyoncé, Blue Ivy, and Rumi standing together in matching floral outfits

    20. This line really hit home: "There's something about walking in the room with your head high and not disrespecting your crown by bowing your neck." Such a perfect reminder for all the young kings and queens out there!

    Simba staring into the distance

    21. I'm so glad Beyoncé emphasizes that finding your identity and coming into your own should be done with respect for elders by listening to their wisdom. 100%!

    An elder giving guidance to a young Simba who descends to the heavens

    22. Hell yeah! Bey brings in South African artists like Busiswa and Moonchild Sanelly to sing in their native tongues. This is so dope because it shows Black Is King is not only honoring Beyoncé's roots, but also using her platform to uplift modern artists from her motherland.

    Busiswa and Moonchild Sanelly singing in bright colorful outfits

    23. And she purposefully showcases Black designers from around the world who serve us A+ look after look!


    From left to right: glitter fringe dress by Lace by Tanaya, silk dress/jumper hybrid by 5:31 Jérôme and turban from 5:31 Jérôme and Sarah Sokol Millinery, and earrings by L’Enchanteur.

    24. With the return of the king, the circle of life continues! Yasss, Simba!

    Simba and Nala with their new child

    25. Awwww, Beyoncé dedicated this whole project to her son, Sir, and "all our sons and daughters" out there. She truly is a queen!!

    Sir Carter, Beyoncé's son, smiling

    What did you think about Black Is King? Let me know in the comments below!

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