Halsey Drags You Into A Dreamland in ‘Be Kind’

Topping the list of headline-grabbers is none other than Halsey. She’s been in the news for a multitude of reasons: from channeling her efforts into the #BlackLivesMatter Movement, to her upcoming poetry book and now, the music video for her collaboration with Marshmello, ‘Be Kind’ –  Halsey seems to have no intention to move out from under the spotlight. 

Now, the music video boasts of some fancy camera work and a whole load of pretty great visual effects. We see Halsey with her neon pink hair, dancing about in an abandoned, oddly aesthetic building. She then hops into a colourful cityscape, reminiscent of a scene from an anime-turned-live action. Donning a crop top and a sunny yellow skirt, Halsey continues to dance below cherry blossoms. 

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Be Kind w @marshmellomusic VIDEO tomorrow 🌼

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Marshmello makes an appearance here and there, adding an element of stillness to the whole video. All in all, it’s quite splendid.

Perhaps what’s rather admirable about this video is the fact that it was filmed entirely in quarantine. And a big kudos to Halsey, as she managed to learn all the choreography through FaceTime –  and that’s no easy feat. Oh and, not to forget, Halsey also served as her very own makeup artist for the shoot.

Now, coming to the song itself, the duo wanted to put out a track that would bring comfort and solace to listeners, particularly during this difficult period. And the lyrics to this tune reflect just this-

I don’t know why you hide from the one
And close your eyes to the one
Mess up and lie to the one that you love
When you know you can cry to the one
Always confide in the one
You can be kind to the one that you love

The uplifting tune arrived in early May, and not long after, it even found a spot on the charts. 

By: Nina Karun

Beyonce is Treating Us to A Brand New Visual Album

The music world has been buzzing with new releases and it looks like Beyonce has no intentions of being left out. Queen B recently announced her brand new visual album, titled,  ‘Black Is King.

Beyonce dropped a one-minute trailer for the visual album giving fans a sneak peek into the Lion King-inspired release. In the trailer, we witness the star traversing through different landscapes: a warm beach, a surreal garden, a museum, the long corridors of a building,etc. The cinematography is simply outstanding, as each frame is a painting in itself. 

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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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‘Black is King’ has been written, directed and produced by Beyonce. This project makes its entrance approximately one year after the theatrical release of the ‘Lion King’ remake, which featured Beyonce voicing the character, Nala.

Now, to give you a little more context, ‘Black Is King is based on the music from The Lion King: The Gift, Beyonce’s 2019 soundtrack for the animated film. It featured cameos from a number of stellar musicians like Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell, Childish Gambino and Beyonce’s beau, Jay-Z. 

According to an announcement from Disney and Beyoncé’s Parkwood Entertainment, the film has been a year in the making.  What ties it to the ‘Lion King’ is the fact that it’s a reimagining of lessons from the powerful story. Or as Disney puts it, this version is for “today’s young kings and queens in search of their own crowns,”

‘Black is King’ will trace the story of “a young king’s transcendent journey through betrayal, love and self-identity. Black Is King is an affirmation of a grand purpose, with lush visuals that celebrate Black resilience and culture.”

Well, Beyonce is always known for her grand, moving projects and as far as we can tell, this one is sure to deliver.

By: Nina Karun