A hero’s journey. A celebration of African redemption. A spectacular ninety-minute music video. A glorious affirmation served up in a time of violence, hate, and social unrest. Black is King is all this, and more. Although the new film, described as a “visual album,” is arrestingly gorgeous to look at, it does raise a question . . . 

Is there anything Beyoncé Knowles-Carter can’t do?

Apparently, the answer is “No.”

To create the ambitious Black is King, Beyoncé served as writer (along with three others, according to the film’s credits, including poet Warsan Shire), director (along with several co-directors), producer (again, along with others), singer, songwriter, dancer, and — as per usual — radiant pop icon. Her concept and her signature are evident in every song and every scene. In fact, when she hands the spotlight…

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