Beyoncé Dedicates New Visual Album ‘Black is King’ To Her Son, Sir Carter

Beyoncé’s latest project is all for her son! On July 31, the singer released her highly anticipated visual album, Black Is King, on Disney+. Though the film is a feast of fashion and symbolism, it’s also a family affair as her three kids made several cameos throughout the video.

But one family-filled moment that stood out from the rest came at the end of the film when Beyoncé showed herself sweetly dancing with her three-year-old son, Sir Carter, whom she dedicated the entire project to.

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‘Black is King’ is centered around an important message

Beyonce’s Black Is King is finally here, and it’s safe to say that it did not disappoint.

The almost 90-minute-long film, which is the belated visual companion to her 2019 album, “The Lion King: The Gift,” follows a young African king cast out from his family into an unforgiving world.

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The boy subsequently undergoes a journey “through betrayal, love and self-identity” to reclaim his throne, with the guidance of his ancestors and childhood love.

“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,” Disney+ states on its website. “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. These timeless lessons are revealed and reflected through Black voices of today, now sitting in their own power.”

Beyoncé’s three kids stole the show in the film

When she revealed the trailer for Black is King back in June, Bey wrote on Instagram that the project would be “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,” she captioned the post.

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I typically keep comments short and sweet, but I just watched the trailer with my family and I’m excited. please don’t get me hype “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. With this visual album, I wanted 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. I spent a lot of time exploring and absorbing the lessons of past generations and the rich history of different African customs. While working on this film, there were moments where I’ve felt overwhelmed, like many others on my creative team, but it was important to create a film that instills pride and knowledge. I only hope that from watching, you leave feeling inspired to continue building a legacy that impacts the world in an immeasurable way. I pray that everyone sees the beauty and resilience of our people. This is a story of how the people left MOST BROKEN have EXTRAORDINARY gifts.❤️✊ Thank you to Blitz, Emmanuel, Ibra, Jenn, Pierre, Dikayl, Kwasi and all the brilliant creatives. Thank you to all at Disney for giving this Black woman the opportunity to tell this story. This experience has been an affirmation of a grander purpose. My only goal is that you watch it with your family and that it gives you pride. Love y’all, B

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“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,” she continued. “I could never have imagined that a year later, all the hard work that went into this production would serve a greater purpose.”

Since her goal was to amplifying and emphasize the Black voices, Beyoncé brought together African American men and women to help tell her story.

To help further represent “diversity and connectivity,” the singer even included her own kids — Blue Ivy Carter, 8, and Rumi Carter and Sir Carter, 3, — in the masterpiece, who effortlessly stole the show with their multiple cameos.

Beyoncé dedicated the project to her little boy

At the end of the film, Beyoncé included sweet home footage of her dancing with her son, Sir. Alongside the video, Bey revealed that she’s dedicated the entire project to the three-year-old.

“Dedicated to my son, Sir Carter,” the message reads. “And to all our sons and daughters, the sun and the moon sow for you. You are the keys to the kingdom.” 

While she didn’t reveal why she only named her son in the onscreen text, Beyoncé has said in that past that she wants her son to rise to his full potential in life and show him that he harnesses great power from within, which is likely why she dedicated this project to him.

“I want him to know that he can be strong and brave but that he can also be sensitive and kind,” Beyoncé told Vogue in September 2018. “I want my son to have a high emotional IQ where he is free to be caring, truthful, and honest. … I want to create better representations for him so he is allowed to reach his full potential as a man, and to teach him that the real magic he possesses in the world is the power to affirm his own existence.”