Black Is King

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Beyoncé is King.

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The voyages of Black families, throughout time, are honored in a tale about a young king's transcendent journey through betrayal, love and self-identity. His ancestors help guide him toward his destiny, and with his father's teachings and guidance from his childhood love, he earns the virtues needed to reclaim his home and throne.

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Critic Reviews for Black Is King

All Critics (46) | Top Critics (19) | Fresh (45) | Rotten (1)

  • Drawing on the themes of The Lion King - inheritance, self-identity and determination - Knowles repurposes the story as a clarion call to Black people.

    August 4, 2020 | Full Review…

    Cate Young

    NPR
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  • The settings and costumes are gorgeous, the dancing is virtuosic, and the music is good to great, so it's easy to get lost in "Black Is King."

    August 4, 2020 | Full Review…
  • It's obvious that she has been very deliberate about who she works with, what she says, what it looks like. And it makes a powerful statement when you bring it all together.

    August 4, 2020 | Full Review…

    Eric Deggans

    NPR
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  • Black Is King is as carefully realized a construct as Beyoncé's previous videos and visual albums with the sort of vibrant cinematography and international scope tailor made for the Disney brand.

    August 3, 2020 | Full Review…
  • It's an inclusive experience and a gorgeous tale of metaphysical Afrofuturism. For what it is, it's great. The question once more is: How does she top this?

    August 3, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Visually stunning interludes.

    August 3, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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  • 5d ago
    A visual and aural masterpiece.
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