“We were beauty before they knew what beauty was.” Beyoncé, Black Is King

My son and I cried tears of elation while watching Black Is King. Beyoncé, the film’s director, created an intimate letter of legacy and love to Black souls, past and present. We felt the care, connection, and community in Black Is King, which is visually captivating – each scene is wondrous, possessing extraordinary music. How we see other people will shape the periscope through which we view ourseleves. Black is often immediately equated with something negative – a “thing” to be used, objectified, and transgressed against with impunity. Black Is King reflects Black people as people with purposeful glory. From one Black Mother to another, thank you for Black Is King, we need sister storytellers, our matriarchs are the origin.

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