Beyoncé’s new album is beautiful, emotional, and history in the making on its own!
The much-anticipated visual album by Queen B is finally here! You’ll be amazed by the beautiful outfits worn by Beyoncé which includes Burberry, Mary Katrantzou, and Timothy White, amongst others.
Besides the killer wardrobe, I personally love the story behind this album. It touches strongly on the history of black people. For many years, the black community has been struggling to live in America. They suffered from racism attack, lack of freedom to speak or act, and many more. Up to this date, the issue remains the same; unsolved.
Here is some info about black history. Slavery began in America around the year 1619. By the end of the 18th century, many northern states began to abolish slavery. After the American Revolution, leaders like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson took cautious steps in limiting slavery as an act of the newly independent nation. It was not all rainbow and butterflies then. Unfortunately in South was still going strong. Basically they needed black people to boost the economy for the production of tobacco and cotton. For years there have been debates and roller coaster rides for the black community to achieve freedom. Many years down the road, finally, after the Thirteenth Amendment, the United States abolished slavery in the year 1915.
Recently, the world has shaken when the late George Floyd was kneeled to death by a white police officer. As the world united for justice, Beyonce like many other artists, have made a creative outcome to create more awareness. The next thing you know, #BlackIsKing is produced as a celebratory memoir of the black experience.
The film was created from some of the beautiful cities and countries around the world such as Belgium, New York, Los Angeles, London, South Africa and West Africa. The idea was to capture different kinds of actors and choreography to create such diversion. You’ll be able to watch the official videos of songs that were featured on The Lion King: The Gift, which includes “Already,” Brown Skin Girl,” Mood 4 Eva,” and “My Power.” You’re in luck because Beyoncé has released “Already” music video on her Instagram and its DOPE!
“Black Is King” is actually based on the music of the movie “The Lion King: The Gift” where Beyoncé played out as the voice of Nala. The album published a year after “The Lion King” was premiered in theatres, there is no better timing than now. This is beyond incredible!
Before you get to watch the glimpse of “Black Is King,” here’s what Beyoncé has to say about the album…
“Black Is King” is a labor of love. It is my passion project that I have been filming, researching and editing day and night for the past year. I’ve given it my all and now it’s yours. It was originally filmed as a companion piece to “The Lion King: The Gift” soundtrack and meant to celebrate the breadth and beauty of Black ancestry. I could never have imagined that a year later, all the hard work that went into this production would serve a greater purpose.
The events of 2020 have made the film’s vision and message even more relevant, as people across the world embark on a historic journey. We are all in search of safety and light. Many of us want change. I believe that when Black people tell our own stories, we can shift the axis of the world and tell our REAL history of generational wealth and richness of soul that are not told in our history books.
With this visual album, I wanted 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.
I spent a lot of time exploring and absorbing the lessons of past generations and the rich history of different African customs. While working on this film, there were moments where I’ve felt overwhelmed, like many others on my creative team, but it was important to create a film that instills pride and knowledge.
I only hope that from watching, you leave feeling inspired to continue building a legacy that impacts the world in an immeasurable way. I pray that everyone sees the beauty and resilience of our people.
This is a story of how the people left MOST BROKEN have EXTRAORDINARY gifts.❤️✊🏾 Thank you to Blitz, Emmanuel, Ibra, Jenn, Pierre, Dikayl, Kwasi and all the brilliant creatives. Thank you to all at Disney for giving this Black woman the opportunity to tell this story.
This experience has been an affirmation of a grander purpose. My only goal is that you watch it with your family and that it gives you pride.
Beautiful! Perfectly said! Don’t forget to watch the full album streaming exclusively on Disney Plus.