Favorite Behind the Scenes Family Moments from Beyoncé’s ‘Making The Gift’ ABC Special

It’s very rare that Beyoncé graces us with her presence for an in-depth sit-down interview. In recent years, she’s traded traditional press to promote upcoming projects for more curated and behind the scenes footage pieced together in documentary-style projects like HBO’s Life Is But A Dream and Netflix’s Homecoming.

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Beyonce at the European Premiere of Disney’s “The Lion King” | Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for Disney

Whatever channel the queen chooses to share her art, fans are always excited. The multitalented entertainer has been busy reveling in the success of Disney’s newest adaption of The Lion King, where she starred as the character Nala. An official movie soundtrack was released in conjunction with the film but Beyoncé surprised fans with her very own album to coincide with the movie with the release of The Lion King: The Gift.

The album features remakes of original songs included in the film, as well as new songs jam-packed with appearances from Jay-Z, Childish Gambino, Pharrell Williams, and Kendrick Lamar among others. 

Inspired by her journey to Africa, Beyoncé documented her time prepping the album. Luckily for us, she shared her recording experience in the ABC special Beyoncé Presents: Making the Gift. The special aired on September 16 and fans are raving about the show all over social media. Fans are particularly thrilled with the amount of family moments Beyoncé included in the special. Here are the top three moments setting the internet ablaze.

Beyoncé travels to Africa with Jay Z, Blue Ivy, and the twins!

We get minimal sightings of Beyonce’s twins, Rumi and Sir Carter. With the exception of their official birth announcement on her Instagram page, and a few shots of them in her last documentary Homecoming, she keeps them out of the spotlight. 

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Making the Gift opens with video footage of the entire Carter clan landing in Africa. The singer talks about the emotional experience visiting countries in Africa often brings. This time, she is happy to share those experiences with her family:

“It’s always an emotional experience for me,” she says. “It feels like I’m making peace with a part of me that’s yearning for my ancestral connection. I was blessed to be able to relieve some of the experiences I’ve been blessed to have over the years with my entire family. We come from this land, we share the same blood and that spirit is unmatched….that feeling of belonging, the feeling of knowing where you come from is what I want for my children.”

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Beyoncé records ‘Brown Skin Girl’ With Blue Ivy

The saying, “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree” must be true because Blue Ivy steals the show each time she pops on screen. Just as her mom, she is a true star! 

The documentary includes scenes from an interview Beyoncé did to promote The Lion King where she explains why it was important for her to participate in the film. She explains that growing up, the movie provided a safe space for parents and their children to enjoy a film together. She wanted to share that same experience she had as a child with her own kids. 

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The series cuts to footage of Beyoncé working one-on-one with her seven-year-old daughter Blue Ivy to record the song “Brown Skin Girl” for the soundtrack. The song celebrates the beauty of African-American skin and it’s clear that she wrote it with her daughters in mind. 

Later footage shows Blue Ivy performing the song “MOOD 4 EVA” in costume and choreography, mimicking her famous mom.

Blue Ivy gives us a lesson in fashion

Beyoncé handpicked designers to work on Blue Ivy’s costume for Tina Knowles-Lawson’s annual Wearable Art Gala. The theme of this year’s gala was “A Journey to the Pride Lands,” inspired by The Lion King reboot.

Blue Ivy wore a yellow patterned asymmetrical dress and a matching headpiece. The dazzling assemble was custom made. She loved the gown so much that she gave the camera a breakdown of her one-of-a-kind piece.

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“This dress is from Kenya,” she starts. Pointing to the headpiece, she explains the circular shape with the matching crown represents “the circle of life,” which is one of the film’s poignant messages.

I wish we were all as confident and stylish as Blue is at her age!