Fans have been absolutely ecstatic since they heard that Beyoncé's visual album Black Is King (opens in new tab) would be debuting on Disney + at the end of the month. That release is now upon us...and, surprising exactly no one, it has basically broken the Internet (it might be an overused phrase, but in this case it's totally true). Upon its release Beyoncé explained that although it started out as a companion piece to her Lion King track, "I could never have imagined that a year later, all the hard work that went into this production would serve a greater purpose." Honestly, before you look at any reactions, just go watch, because it is seriously a stunning tour de force. Here are the most epic reactions to the film so far, including all the details you might have missed.
Black Is King has so many beautiful features, Easter eggs, and cameos.
First of all, just look at what happens when you like something that uses #BlackIsKing:
If you like a tweet with the #BlackIsKing hashtag, it does this 🤯 pic.twitter.com/ePWPJMzHJhJuly 31, 2020
The movie is so jam-packed with icons:
Pick your fighter #BlackIsKing pic.twitter.com/rlQTlbJOuWJuly 31, 2020
And here's just a glimpse of how gorgeous it really looks (seriously go watch):
Even celebrities rushed to watch and react.
Kelly Rowland, who's in the visual album, tweeted the hashtag:
#BlackIsKingJuly 31, 2020
And we got a glimpse of that cameo:
This scene 🥺 #BlackIsKing pic.twitter.com/20squXsDCoJuly 31, 2020
Even celebs stayed up to watch for the early, early morning debut!
Yes, I did stay up just to watch #BlackIsKing even though I am tired. Priorities lmaoJuly 31, 2020
.@beyonce that's the tweet. Oh and #BlackIsKing.July 31, 2020
She inspired fellow musicians:
Good morning, black people. In honor of #BlackIsKing, here’s my rendition of Brown Skin Girl. ☀️✨ pic.twitter.com/hWozd1zO90July 31, 2020
And Lizzo had a watch party:
Fans lost their minds over Beyoncé's family cameos.
BLUE IVY, you look amazing:
Beyoncé dedicates #BlackIsKing to her son Sir Carter "and to all our sons and daughters" 🖤 pic.twitter.com/IMp8ZbIxqWJuly 31, 2020
And fans talked about the true significance and importance of the film.
I wish I had a visual like #BlackIsKing in my youth. I’m tearing up thinking about how these images and words will affect the dark-skinned girls and boys around the world who are constantly “othered.” Like I was.July 31, 2020
I don’t think y’all understand what this Brown Skin Girl visual means. It just wrecked me. The celebration of every shade of brown skin is resetting the social norm. My god. “We were beautiful before they knew what beauty was.” #BlackIsKing pic.twitter.com/QuBUgeyafzJuly 31, 2020
Just when I think I couldn’t love Beyoncé more, she’s put dark-skinned Indian women and girls in the video for BROWN SKIN GIRL 😍Doing more for representation for dark-skinned South Asian women than most Bollywood celebrities who prefer to promote skin lightening #BlackIsKing pic.twitter.com/py7hByANRbJuly 31, 2020
Fans recognized allll the work Queen Bey does:
There are literally so many South African entertainers in #BlackIsKing. We should all be so proud of them. It’s honestly mind blowing. 🔥 pic.twitter.com/vl2OTxdiEbJuly 31, 2020
And are already thinking of what it'll look like when she performs it:
So this is going to be loved, dissected, and treasured for a long time.
Katherine’s a Boston-based contributor at Marie Claire who covers fashion, culture, and lifestyle—from “Clueless” to Everlane to news about Lizzo. She’s been a freelancer for 11 years and has had roles with Cosmopolitan and Bustle, with bylines in Parents, Seventeen, and elsewhere. It’s “I go to dinner,” not “Her huge ego,” but she responds to both.
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