Whether you’re a part of the Beyhive or not you’ve more than likely heard about Black is King by now or you’ve been in intense isolation. Like the queen herself has said when she drops “I stop the world, male or female it makes no difference.” This musical film and visual album is full of in-depth cultural perspective, vivid imagery, and an ample amount of pride and dignity. However, Beyoncé also brings in her flair and bossiness to make every video just that more badass!
Black is King Fashion
It’s the houndstooth for me! There was clearly a no holds barred code and budget for the fabulousness of this production. From the glitter bodysuits to the cheetah print number, to the all black-feathered better-than-anything-we’ve-ever-seen-freakum-dress, and the list can’t be stopped. Bey makes it known she didn’t come to play with the girls with this ensemble. No matter the pattern, fabric, color, or drape anything the Queen B wears is sure to slay!
With everything Beyoncé’s giving you at once, it’s easy to get distracted, but it’s impossible to overlook what makes Bey a powerhouse, her voice. She’s giving you solid notes without missing a beat. She showcases her chops acapella in the intro of ‘Spirit’ while wearing a yellow off the shoulder two-piece number. Her voice radiates and shows how powerful her range is. Even when the song transitions, she falls into place with the choreography and maintains her reign as the ultimate performer of our generation.
Blue Ivy Is Black Magic
Blue has been a star since birth but she has really come into herself at the tender age of eight years old. Her presence in this film is strong and purposeful. You can tell she’s a part of it because she wants to be, and she is clearly following in her mother’s footsteps. Blue is singing, dancing, posing, and giving you everything you need and then some! If you’re a real Beyoncé stan you remember Beyoncé telling Oprah that Blue was “fire” in regards to her personality. Well burn on young lady, we see your star!
Almost every song is a vibe. The drums and the beat just make you want to get up and dance, even if you don’t know what they’re saying. It’s the energy that you get from the culture and the ancestry. The gyration of the hips, the swing of the body, the stomping of the feet, all of it is meticulous and intentional. When you really feel the music it takes over your body and you just let go. The vibes naturally come when Bey gets into her zone and does her thing. Talk about “mood forever” who doesn’t wanna wake up with confidence to the tenth? What she portrays is a dope ass, independent but married woman, who knows what she wants, dances to tunes she’s created, and just happens to be the wife of a billionaire she helped become one. If that aint a vibe, I can’t show you another! “You heard that? That’s the sound of the price goin’ up”
Pride to Be Black
For once we have something to be proud of. As African Americans, but black descendants we have been shamed the majority of our lives, and all of our ancestors. It’s nice to see messages of pride and the audacity to do so boldly the entire film. The beautiful women are also celebrated in the song “Brown Skin Girl”. The video features Naomi Campbell, Lupita Nyong’o, and longtime best friend Kelly Rowland. Every woman’s skin complexion is a different shade of brown and their melanin isn’t up for debate. We come from royalty, we are powerful, we are mighty, we are like a delicacy. The footage of Nigeria, Johannesburg, and Ghana showed light on places that were believed to be poor and ugly, but the beauty it possessed shined like no other.
Hair Celebration in Black is King
First, let’s commend Bey’s hairstylist or stylists that endured hours of making sure every strand was laid perfectly, even the baby hairs. There was not one fly-away or imperfection in any of the hairstyles, that’s what you call the “dream team”. Beyoncé does a great job of showcasing braids and the beauty behind the creation. There are so many variations of braids, even afros that represent black cultural and natural hair. Each video has a different look, which also shows how creative we are, and how beautiful the art of braiding really is. She takes you through a journey whether it’s cornrows, a braided ponytail, Bantu knots, wavy hair underneath a custom hat, or swiveled upright into curls. Every hairstyle is sending a message and making a statement.
Black is King Dedication
You can tell by every word, dance move, lyric, hair follicle, and piece in the wardrobe that Beyoncé had her hand in every intricate detail. It’s apparent that everyone involved worked tirelessly to pull off such a production; so for her to dedicate the film to her son, Sir Carter speaks volumes. In a time like this, where little black boys are dying daily at the hands of police by racism, gun violence, gang affiliation, and random incidents, what better gift could she have given him? She not only showed him how much he is loved but how to have love for himself; He’ll also be proud of his heritage. That’s priceless.
Now that you have the rundown, you might as well check it out for yourself. And when you do come back and comment on your favorite and least favorite moments, costumes, hair, and interludes. Black is King will surely be the talk of the town for months to come, it’s just that intriguing.