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Black is King and Well, So is Beyoncé. 10 Lessons Beyonce Taught Us in Her Visual Album.

1. The Heritage of black people is richer than we can imagine. Kidnapped and forced into slavery, Africans and Indigeous people have struggled to find their origins and identity. It is much easier to pinpoint our ethnicity, but where do our ancestors come from? Beyonce presents to us Moors, Egyptians, Africans, and African-Americans, blending them in several scenes showing us a melting pot of diversity. Though we aren’t fully knowledgeable of our heritage – true origins – we are figuring out this thing called life together and most recently, sticking together throughout the process.

2. The idea of Culture has been embedded in us, even throughout our search for identity and true heritage. Culture is the social behavior inclusive of arts, beliefs, laws, customs, and capabilities. Black culture has been taught and passed down through generations. The children we see in the film move and dance and talk and dress like those around them. The enjoyment and praise of the black people comes off genuine – as something not taught, instead cultivated. 

3. Our style is vastly shared and has inspired the masses with disregard for cultural misappropriation. Style is a manner of dress, a swag, a hair-do, your appearance and character. Black is King pays homage to the African/Ingenious tribes and history with references to both incorporated into the costumes and storytelling. Black is King has been severely criticized for its use of African culture when in fact it is a testimony and homage.

4. Melanin is worth more than gold. (I mean this figuratively, but there are reports that there has been a price placed on the pigment, approximately $445 a gram). We can all agree that the film is an ode to melanin. From “Brown Skin Girl,” performed in part by our girl Blue, to the sun kissed skin that dances in several frames. Melanin was the guest of honor at this celebration.

5. We, as black people, are fans of adornment because we are descendants of Kings and Queens. Beyonce gave us the opportunity to see different countries in Africa, their fashionable garments, gems, and art. Black is King recognizes each shade as a trait of royalty. Gems and bejeweled frills are in just about each frame of Black Is King – from head-dresses and eyewear to earrings and chokers, the dedicated artists that handmade many of these custom pieces knew it would be their biggest contribution to the culture.

Opulence is Confidence.

6. Black Love goes far beyond a romantic relationship. The love we have for our children, our friends, and those who look like us that are working, striving, and winning gives us the confidence we need to keep pushing. Black Love is displayed through the support Beyonce and her team shows to the featured artists both off and on screen. Many times, three generations are seen in the same frame encompassing love, friendship, and family. The story behind a sisterly relationship between Kelly and Beyonce has been dissected through song and interviews and yet the very popular scene in which the two share a hug is still enough to induce tears.

7. No one, physically, mentally, or emotionally shows more strength than a black woman. Beyonce as Jochebed depicting the story of Moses in the old testament is symbolic of freedom and strength. Imagine the gull it takes to save the life of your baby by sending him off by way of violent waters with nothing but faith that he will be ok. And in the end, he becomes the most important prophet in Judaism as a symbol of freedom and strength.

8. There is beauty in hope. There is beauty in love. There is beauty in strength. Period.

“We were beauty before they knew what beauty was.”

Beyonce

9. Confused with religion, the Spirituality of the blackness demonstrated not only holds beauty but probably awakens the ancestors that help us hold our shit together.

“I grew up in a society where we were taught to reject, to demonize African spirituality and mystical practices,” writes  Lafalaise-Dion on the homepage of his website. “As I read, research and meditate, I discovered AFRICAN SPIRITUALITY and the power of the Cauri. I understood where my attraction for cowries {head piece} came from.” 

Chrisitianity and African religions are depicted in the film in a good enough balance where we understand that the two are not one in the same though the practise of each is understandable. Without argument, we, as black people, were not originally Christians and our original spiritualities have been demonized (but I leave that up to you to research). 

“I grew up in a society where we were taught to reject, to demonize African spirituality and mystical practices,”

Lafalaise-Dion

10. Inspiration. 2020 has literally shown us that Black Lives Matter, sometimes. The increased awareness of black deaths this year does not hold a candle to the black lives that have been taken since the beginning of time. Black is King allows us to celebrate the Heritage, Culture, Style, Melanin Love, Opulence, Strength, Beauty, and Spirituality for a whole 1 hour and twent-five minutes. 

I encourage you to watch it – twice – just to get lost for a moment. Get lost in the joy and fantasy displayed as blackness is celebrated by music royalty. 

This literary work is the sole property, ideas, and opinions of the author and do not represent the expressed or written opinions of Lezcronymz, LLC.

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