Beyoncé Dropped Her Powerful Visual Ode, ‘Black Is King,’ + Video “Already”

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Beyoncé finally dropped her highly anticipated new project, Black Is King (on Disney+). The project is deemed “a celebratory memoir for the world on the Black experience” in a press release.

If you hit her website you will notice that Black Is King includes a cast of familiar faces, such Lupita Nyong’o, Kelly Rowland, Pharrell Williams and JAY-Z, and

according to NPR moves across the world — New York, Los Angeles, South Africa, West Africa, London, and Belgium — to capture the performances of actors and dancers as they appear in varied tableaus.

Beyonce directed and produced the album over the course of a year teasing the album trailer on YouTube on July 19, in a video that has already racked up more than 2.7 million views. Today she dropped the video for “Already” featuring Shatta Wale and Major Lazer.

Watch below:

The video has the same theme of celebrating the black experience specifically rooted in African counties like Ghana and Nigeria, reminding us that we are already Kings and royalty. The entire song is dedicated to that sentiment.

Remember who you are, ooh
Real king always win, oh
Give up your bread, oh
I’ll show your people my love
It’s time already, I say it’s time already
The line already, I say, line already
Only you got the remedy, I say you got the remedy
Shine your body, shine your body

Via NPR: The last time we heard from Queen Bey was with the surprise-drop of her celebratory new track, “Black Parade,” on Juneteenth.

The song asserts a specific connection to Blackness, and through a myriad of references, draws a link to the African diaspora that she has more recently begun to explore in her work.

In the context of Black Is King, this connection is paramount, as the film seeks to capture a global sense of Blackness, within and beyond the U.S.

Few have as much narrative-bending power as Beyoncé, who sent shockwaves through the canon with 2016’s Lemonade.

In 2018, Kiana Fitzgerald wrote for NPR that “Bey’s ability to have laser-focused attention on the Black experience didn’t happen overnight: It took years for her to amass a following first.

She then constructed a platform strong enough from which to make such bold statements. And since Lemonade, Bey has continued to make a concerted effort to put Black bodies in her visuals, and call attention to the importance of Black women and Black love.”

With that said let’s talk about the black artists, designers, dancers, and creators Beyonce chose to collab with to bring this project to life.

Of course, Shatta Wale is a big deal for Ghanaians who are so proud to see him literally body the “Already” video.

Beyoncé + Shatta Wale

And here are a few more:

Beyoncé + Trav

 

 
 
 
 
 
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So this happened ! I photographed @beyonce

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Beyoncé + Lozamaleombho

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Listen!! I could sit here and visualize Beyoncé in one of my pieces, I’ve done that… but never in my wildest dreams did I imagine her KILLING afrobeats dances and embrace African culture all the way through the way she did in one of my pieces!!! Understand the vision is so keen and deep here! 👹@loza_maleombho has always stood for an image of African royalty and she embodies that perfectly! I am so grateful to have contributed to the costumes of this masterpiece! It feels like being a fly on the wall in a room where history is in the making!!!🤯 Beyoncé is wearing a custom piece by @loza_maleombho + KPELE belt + QUEEN ring + BORORO face piece. I can’t thank you enough @zerinaakers for trusting me on this project, you @kwasifordjour and @blitzambassador and the entire creative team absolutely killed it!!! 🙇🏾‍♀️🙇🏾‍♀️🙇🏾‍♀️

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Creative Direction Beyoncé + Kwasi Fordjour:

Beyonce + Papi Ojo

 

 
 
 
 
 
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ALREADY MUSIC VIDEO OUT NOW !!!!!! GOD YOU ARE GOOD!!! SEDO WE MOVE BRO 👼🏾💕❤️ #blueman #papiojo #blackisking #beyonce #already

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Beyonce + Jamaica_synchro

Beyonce + Yemialade

Beyonce + Destiney Bleu

And of course Beyoncé + Zerin Akers

Proud.

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