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   We all know Beyoncé as our Queen B who’s strong, creative, smart, ambitious, and all about representing her people. Beyoncé was working on a project Homecoming, which is a film about herself and her performance at the 2018 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. The film was written, directed and executive produced by Beyoncé herself. It premiered on Netflix in April of 2019. If you have yet to see it, I recommend you go watch the Queen do what she does best. 

    Recently the world has gone mad because of the deaths of innocent black men and women due to police brutality. The Black Lives Matter Movement kicked off back in May of 2020, since then there has been a consistent battle for justice for innocent black lives that were taken. Beyoncé dropped a project Black is King in July of 2020. The film serves as a visual companion to the 2019 album, The Lion King: The Gift, a tie-in album curated by Beyoncé for The Lion King. The film was visual and musical, was also written, directed, and executed produced by Beyoncé. The film purposely serves as a visual companion to the 2019 album The Lion King: The Gift, a tie-in album curated by Beyoncé for The Lion King. 

        Black is King was brilliantly crafted. It was truly a piece of art in my opinion. The songs in the film were so powerful, emotional, and they spoke to you. Beyoncé had special appearances throughout the film from other famous well-known celebrities, including Jay-Z (her husband), Tina Knowles (her mother), Lupita Nyong’o, Jessie Reyez, and many more. The visuals of the film were strong, black inspired art. There were dancers in tribal wear. The cultural backgrounds of the settings were aesthetically-pleasing, and the hairstyles and makeup were just giving you black power vibes. 

The film has a resemblance to Disney's The Lion King but in a Black powerful way. I genuinely loved the film, I loved the music, and I got the message that Black is beautiful, it’s creative, talented, and it’s powerful. Beyonce did an amazing job with the film. She put so much into the film and I believe I speak for all of us when I say, Thank you, Bey. We love you, your work, the film, and all you do to represent the people. After watching the film, you should get the message, Black is King. 

Syrai Mckenzie-Dixon attends Hampton University as a first year Psychology major from Chicago, IL. In addition to being a member of HerCampus, Syrai aspires to become apart of more clubs and or councils that advocate for minority groups, be a voice for the unheard, and service the underserved. Syrai enjoys traveling, Starbucks, seafood, and binge watching House. She also enjoys going for walks and to the dog park with her dogs. Syrai is looking forward to completing her degree, living up to the Hampton dream and continuing to grow into the Hampton Woman she is destined to be.
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