Beyonce‘s visual album ‘Black Is King’ blazed onto Disney+ yesterday and shook the internet all the way up.
A year in the making, the breathtaking production shone a spotlight on Africa – with the singer billing it her love letter to the Motherland.
Inspired by the themes explored in ‘The Lion King’ (the billion-dollar blockbuster Bey starred in as Nala), this film is powered by the music found on 2019 companion compilation ‘The Lion King: The Gift.’ A critically-acclaimed effort that saw the singer join forces with some of Africa’s brightest shining stars such as Wizkid, Tiwa Savage, and Yemi Alade.
Shooting spanned many locations across the globe, including Nigeria, Ghana, London, Belgium, and Los Angeles. And the resulting film has received rapturous applause from fans and critics alike.
Join us below us we unpack That Grape Juice’s Top 5 Moments From ‘Black Is King’…
Like many, the high-octane nature of the song had us anticipating this most. And oh did it deliver.
The fire choreography, the ferocious sass, the regality. Blazing bliss.
Luminous, colorful, and colossal, this made for an enchanting watch.
Pharrell Williams’ appearance helped amplify the epic, while the dancing with the calabash on head defined dazzling.
Brown Skin Girl
We dare you to not shed a tear during this celebration of melanin magic.
The debutant theme and glowing showings from the likes of Kelly Rowland, Naomi Campbell, Lupita Nyong’o, and Blue Ivy warmed us in earnest.
Bey and Kelly’s moment was a particularly joyful tear-jerker.
Dance has always been at the center of the Beyonce “experience,” but there was something super special about seeing Queen Bey tap into African movement. From hitting the Gbese, the Shaku Shaku, and more. She not only nailed ’em, she proved that she is willing and wanting to evolve as a performer – despite already sitting top of the pack.
Ghana’s Dancehall king Shatta Wale shone too!
The Subtleties That Had A Seismic Effect
As mesmerising and visually astounding as ‘Black Is King’ is, some of the more subtle, embedded moments gave us equal amounts of fulfilment.
Like the added adlibs on ‘Brown Skin Girl,’ the blend of new and known footage for ‘Spirit’ and ‘Bigger,’ and the return of original Beyonce dancer Aisha Francis – whose pregnant slay in ‘My Power’ was a highlight.
As the age old adage goes, sometimes it’s the little things that make all the difference.
So, those were our top moments from ‘Black Is King.’ What are yours? Let us know…