Beyoncé’s Black Is King Visual Album Has a Surprising, Heartwarming Dedication

Beyoncé’s Black Is King, a dazzling, visual album version of her Lion King soundtrack, has finally arrived. Much like that film, the new release follows a young Black prince who surpasses deadly obstacles to ascend his rightful throne. But at the end of the visual album, which clocks in at just under an hour and a half, a surprise dedication pops up on the screen.

“Dedicated to my son, Sir Carter,” the caption reads, under a video of Beyoncé holding her three-year-old son with partner Jay-Z. It’s a heartwarming note, and a nod to the regal theme of Black Is King. Like his twin sister Rumi, Sir is largely kept out of the spotlight, though he has been featured in a handful of Beyoncé releases—including the music video for her Lion King song “Spirit.” The dedication continues with the following message, in golden type: “And to all our sons and daughters, the sun and the moon bow for you. You are the keys to the kingdom.”

Thematically, the dedication to Sir is perfectly in line with the messaging of Black Is King, which draws heavily from the African diaspora and revolves around uplifting Black boys and men. In the visual album protagonist Simba is played through the ages by child actor Folajomi Akinmurele and South African actor and dancer Nyaniso Dzedze.

Of course, that’s not solely what the visual album is about. Videos for songs like “Brown Skin Girl” and “My Power” revolve around uplifting Black girls and women; Sir and Rumi’s big sister, award-winning musician and noted choreographer Blue Ivy Carter, makes appearances in both videos, dancing and singing alongside her mother and occasionally her grandmother, Tina Knowles Lawson. Rumi also pops up for a brief moment in the “Brown Skin Girl“ video, held by Beyoncé in a verdant field.

In a statement in June, Beyoncé said she worked on Black Is King for the last year, aiming to “present elements of Black history and African tradition, with a modern twist and a universal message, and what it truly means to find your self-identity and build a legacy.”

“This experience has been an affirmation of a grander purpose,” she said. “My only goal is that you watch it with your family and that it gives you pride.”

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