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If you’ve ever wanted to see Lion King done by humans, Black Is King is a must watch.

Even if you’ve never wanted that or even thought about wanting that, you should still watch Black is King. 

This Sunday, I finally made the time to sit and watch Black is King and I think it is safe to say it was worth it. 

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It was basically Disney with a Sasha Fierce twist. 

Black is King is very unabashedly a tribute to Black and African culture. 

In a world where Black people have continuously been degraded and devalued, seen as people who were born to serve and entertain rather than live and thrive, Beyonce says NOT ON MY WATCH. 

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There was a lot of speculation as to why she was deviating from her usual personalized style of music, but I think it’s an expected fact by now that Beyonce never leaves anything half done. 

She cooks it, fries it and leaves you licking your fingers waiting for more. 

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Black is King was a cinematic masterpiece. And to be perfectly honest I would have given money to watch this in the theatre. 

Even though the original film which was released last year was called Lion King: The Gift, I can’t help but feel that this was the real gift. 

From the very first scene, set on a serene shore, we are transported to a visual wonderland, where we got to see the roots of African culture and people through the eyes of Beyonce.

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One incredible factor about Beyonce is that she knows how to tell her people what they want to hear, when they really need to hear it. For years she has been inspiring women around the world with her tracks like ‘Me, Myself and I’, ‘Single ladies;, ‘Run the World etc and her entire album Lemonade was a siren for any woman who has ever been cheated on. Her Superbowl performance where she portrayed the Black Panther imagery was also poignant as it was a reminder for Black people to remember their militancy and their unbreakable spirit. And who can forget her historic Coachella performance which served as tribute to Black colleges.

From the first track of Black is King which is titled ‘Bigger’, she reminds us that all this, everything we are going through is part of something bigger. It is a reminder for Black people all over the world, that they are more than just victims, they are not powerless, their stories are important.

What she has done is what Hollywood has denied to do for so many years. There is a common belief among predominantly White countries and countries affected by Colonialism that the history of Africans began from when they were slaves. 

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Africa is constantly portrayed as a backward country, and Black people in America are constantly portrayed as poor, downtrodden and simple. In America where the Black population makes up roughly  20 to 30% of the entire population, even though they have been in the country for over 400 years, it is baffling to see how the community has not grown to where they could have been. But America is not alone in this, countries like France, Australia and even India have populations of African descent who are often marginalized and not given opportunities as much as any of the other citizens of the country. 

They are probably the only race in the world where they themselves have been made to forget their history, before colonization. Africa was a rich country made poor, Africans are rich people made poor by their constant dehumanization. 

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Black is King aims to remind the black community that there is more to them than what they have been told, There is more to them than what they have been made to believe. With the help of African artists and creators like Yemi Alade, Lord Afrixana, and Shatta Wal, Beyonce has created streamable hope for Black people all over the world. 

Her constant reminder to look to their ancestors and know that they are looking out for them reinforces the message. 

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It paints a picture of what Africans were and what they can be if they were allowed to believe in themselves and thrive. It is real, it is grounded yet uplifting. It has the Beyonce ability to tell the people what they need to hear. 

But Black is King is far from a pandering act towards relevance and relatability. It is a celebration of Black Culture, Black History, Black Men, Black Women and Black Children. It is a siren of hope, a call to action and magical experience all rolled into one. 

You can also spot cameos by celebrities like Naomi Campbell, Lupita Nyongo, Kelly Rowland and Pharell, alongside appearances by Beyonce’s family like Blue Ivy, Rumi and Sir, Jay Z and Tina Knowles.

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