It's been a long wait since that June day when Beyoncé announced she'd be releasing a surprise visual album, Black Is King. (Truly, a month feels like 20 years right now.) But overnight, it officially dropped on Disney+, and already Twitter can't stop talking about the hour-and-a-half masterpiece that Beyoncé wrote, directed, and executive produced.
When Beyoncé first posted the trailer for Black Is King on her Instagram, she wrote:
"Black Is King" is a labor of love. It is my passion project that I have been filming, researching and editing day and night for the past year. I’ve given it my all and now it’s yours. It was originally filmed as a companion piece to “The Lion King: The Gift” soundtrack and meant to celebrate the breadth and beauty of Black ancestry. I could never have imagined that a year later, all the hard work that went into this production would serve a greater purpose.
The events of 2020 have made the film’s vision and message even more relevant, as people across the world embark on a historic journey. We are all in search of safety and light. Many of us want change. I believe that when Black people tell our own stories, we can shift the axis of the world and tell our REAL history of generational wealth and richness of soul that are not told in our history books.
Now, we all get to witness her work. Below, find some of the best Twitter reactions to Black Is King—and some of the surprises Beyoncé slipped into the film.
"BEYONCÉ IS PEERLESS"
I don’t ever want to hear that beyoncé is overrated this woman has been doing this for more than 20 years and still manages to outdo herself every fucking time, always better concepts, better ideas, better visuals. BOW DOWN TO THE QUEEN #BlackIsKing pic.twitter.com/0vEaqJaNC6
— sarcasmaa |34| (@saphireswhy) July 31, 2020
Beyoncé is really the last of the greats. NO ONE is doing it like her! I can’t wait to see how many artists are gonna try to emulate her music after this, and it won’t work 😤👏🏽 #BlackIsKing pic.twitter.com/WPsGllXdzF
— ~ ɐ u ɐ ı ɹ q ɐ ~ (@wilson_abriana) July 31, 2020
Let’s just all take moment to think about how Beyoncé has been doing this for 23 years & she’s the only one with the ability to top herself every time.. the vocals, visuals, creativity, direction and so on! #BlackIsKing pic.twitter.com/amSdoXfcxO
— damnju (@daamnju) July 31, 2020
— Izzie (@Izzieekong_) July 31, 2020
— Black is King 🔥🔥 (@KLAYCH33) July 31, 2020
— Em Rusciano (@EmRusciano) July 31, 2020
— De La Creme👑 (@MiraHarlson) July 31, 2020
— boo boo the fool 🖤 (@amandaoee_) July 31, 2020
"CAN WE TALK ABOUT THIS CHOREO"
— Adi (@sabbathyonce) July 31, 2020
— Beyoncé Daily (@YonceSource) July 31, 2020
— shawn 🅴 (@shawnvuiton) July 31, 2020
"THIS IS SO F*CKING ICONIC"
— 💎 | Fan Account (@Its_Carta) July 31, 2020
— 𝔹.𝕂 (@Rumiyonce) July 31, 2020
— 💫✨ (@TheJessieWoo) July 31, 2020
"Brown skin girl video made me cry"
While film industries have been preaching only white skin is superior and ever since I was a kid I've never seen women like me and my culture being represented here. But today when I saw this frame in the Brown skin girl mv I was so touched and was bawling my eyes out. pic.twitter.com/n0gEHPqRPt
— Jananee (@jananee_17) July 31, 2020
Brown skin girl video made me cry 😭
Somebody telling me my dark skin is beautiful and seeing bw with my skin tone being beautifully celebrated. Us dark skin girls, it’s finally our time #BlackIsKing pic.twitter.com/4E8tKXHq7K
— •Scilla• (@Houseofscilla) July 31, 2020
“Melanin too dark to throw her shade....
Your skin is not only dark, it shines and it tells your story...”
Watching this video made me falll in love with this song all over again 🥺🥰#BrownSkinGirl #BlackIsKing pic.twitter.com/RaS4Wq28UA
— Dionne Grant (@DionneGrant) July 31, 2020
"Tina, Bey, Blue and Rumi"
— уαgσ; 𝘉𝘓𝘈𝘊𝘒 𝘐𝘚 𝘒𝘐𝘕𝘎 (@beyagonce) July 31, 2020
— SADÉ (@sadeyoncee) July 31, 2020
— aMaRi👻 (@boileddinobones) July 31, 2020
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