Black Is King Honors Africans And African American Culture

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August 30, 2022

#1: Black Spirituality

As the ancestral spirit guide of Simba, Beyoncé’s character represents Oshun, the powerful river goddess, acting as an ever-present reminder of our own power and Black cultural magic.

#2: Black Masculinity

Bey continues to depict our brothers’ beauty, prowess, responsibility, and grace, showing that when men and women work together, we can build African empires — AGAIN!

#3: Collaboration

Black Is King is peppered with world-renowned Black megastars and rappers. The plethora of icons and musical genius steeped in African funk showcases the power of Black unity.

#4: Swag

Leopard and cheetah print dresses, royal cloaks and geles/dukus, gold earrings, ochre ball gowns, sunglasses, and of course, the dazzling coifs. And those plate-eyelashes, though! It was a glorious Afrocentric fashion statement!

#5: Blue Ivy!

Little Miss Blue Ivy makes cameo after cameo until we realize that she's the real star in this for Beyoncé, representing the yin to Simba’s yang. It may be Simba’s story, but Blue Ivy’s presence shows children their role in our future.

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