Beyonce’ “Black Is King” Shines the Light on Black Excellence

Elise Schenck Data News Weekly Contributor

Beyonce’ Knowles Carter does it again, scoring big with her latest effort “Black Is King” this is not simply another visual album by Beyoncé, but in epic fashion Queen Bee re-imagines “The Lion King” from a Black American perspective.

This amazing spectacle is chock full of stunning visuals, “Black Is King” is a foray into a Pan-African Movement, featuring art from the African Diaspora and Western portraiture of African bodies, in addition to Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s shared vision of Black Excellence within Western culture.

The songs and videos are an amazing and poignant one song that stands out is “Brown Skin Girl.” It’s great fashion conveys the message that Black and Brown girls have value and have something special to offer the world.

This visual album is an uplifting celebration of Black women and girls. It is relevant in this time in the history of Western Culture as Beyonce’ and other women of color are shattering glass ceilings and showing excellence and beauty comes in all shades.

It is here in the film that this point is illuminated as the beautiful and talented Actress Lupita Nyong’o is seen smiling at her lyrical shoutout: “She needs an Oscar for that pretty dark skin/Pretty like Lupita when the cameras closed in.”

This film also takes the viewer on a journey of the amazing career of Beyonce’. Some die-hard fans from way back will enjoy tender moment of sisterhood between Beyoncé and Kelly Rowland. As the former bandmates hold each other, laughing in a gentle embrace, Beyoncé’s lips read: “I love you.” The video also includes a brief but powerful shot of Beyoncé, her mother Tina, and daughters Blue Ivy and Rumi.

“Black Is King” is a must see and is another display of Beyonce’ showing the world and displaying Black Excellence Matters.

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