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Beyoncé's intentional blackness evolves in 'Black Is King'

July 31, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

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In 'Black Is King,' Beyoncé presents Blackness as special, spectacular and a resilient reflection of the universal human experience.

The singer's visual album "Black Is King," which dropped Friday on Disney +, is everything her devout fan base, known as "The Beyhive," wanted and more.

And while her last solo visual album, 2016's "Lemonade," cast its gaze on the Black experience in America, Beyoncé ventures to the motherland in her latest project and makes an even bigger statement about identity and history.

Filmed as a companion to her 2019 "The Lion King: The Gift" soundtrack, "Black Is King" comes amid an increased cultural focus on the Black experience and the treatment of people of the African diaspora, most specifically African Americans.

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. "

The majesty of Queen Bey, along with the dance scenes, poetic voiceovers and guest appearances by Kelly Rowland, Lupita N'yongo, Pharrell Williams, Naomi Campbell and more illustrate the vast richness of Black artistry.

But Beyoncé gives us so much more by presenting Blackness as special, spectacular and a resilient reflection of the universal human experience.

"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," she wrote on Instagram.

Beyoncé has always embraced Blackness.

Using Disney, a brand that for years has been associated with beautiful White princesses and fairy tales, Beyoncé once again reminds the world of Black greatness in "Black Is King. "

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