Beyoncé is King
Beyoncé has always been an artist who I felt grows exponentially with each album she releases. In 2016, her Super Bowl performance of the song “Formation,” alongside Bruno Mars and Coldplay, told fans and anyone else watching that she was starting a movement. Later that year, the release of her visual album “Lemonade” set the world on fire. The lyrics and visuals of that album expressed what many women think and feel in regards to relationships, family, pain, and finding your strength. On July 31, 2020, Beyoncé did what she always does and gave power and a voice to the unheard with “Black is King.”
Disney Plus released “Black Is King,” the highly anticipated and most recent visual album by Beyoncé. From the trailer alone, I knew that this would go down in history for
its groundbreaking imagery paired with the deep meanings behind them. The piece begins with the welcoming of Beyoncé’s son alongside other young black boys set to the song “Bigger”. Beyoncé sings, “You’re part of something way bigger” as the black children are prepared for their journeys. At this point, I found myself saying aloud “This is Beyoncé’s love letter to black people.”
My favorite quote of the film was “But if I can’t be myself, I will never know me.
So, Uncle Sam, tell me this, if I will never know me, how can you?” This incredible summary of the black experience in America expresses how black people have had their history and culture taken from them, but are expected to do the work in bridging gaps in race relations. In addition, we see the continuation of inequality and abuse toward black people daily on every form of media. “Black is King” was an open opposition to the narrative this country has tried to force upon us.
The constant visuals of black wealth and legacy empowered me from within. “We were beauty before they knew what beauty was;” this quote alone gives power to our origins. In the past, these messages of beauty, success, and intelligence have rarely been associated with black people. This representation is necessary for black people to witness in order to believe that we can obtain and build our legacy once again. In order to change, we must “Let Black be synonymous with glory.” This film was a major step forward in achieving that idea.