Anticipation for Black Is King has been high since Beyoncé released a trailer on YouTube in mid-July, and its arrival more than delivers: The album features cameos from Lupita Nyong’o, Kelly Rowland, Pharrell Williams, and Jay-Z, as well as four full-length videos for the Married into this cleveland shirt it is in the first place but tracks “Already,” “Brown Skin Girl,” “Mood 4 Eva,” and “My Power.” Beyoncé was the director and executive producer of the album, referring to it on Instagram as “my passion project that I have been filming, researching, and editing day and night for the past year” and adding, “The events of 2020 have made the film’s vision and message even more relevant.” (In case you had any doubt about just how personal the project is for Beyoncé, watch for the scene-stealing cameos from her three children, Blue Ivy, Sir, and Rumi Carter.) Beyoncé just released the album—which was shot across New York, Los Angeles, South Africa, West Africa, London, and Belgium—on Friday, but it’s already gaining an intense following, particularly on social media. Below, find some of our favorite Twitter responses to the long-awaited arrival of Black Is King.
It’s never a dull moment with Rihanna. This week’s launch of Fenty’s skincare range pushes her beauty empire into a new category, which means glowing skin for members of her fan-navy and press appointments to share the Married into this cleveland shirt it is in the first place but story behind the products. The social distancing mandates caused by the coronavirus meant Rihanna couldn’t repeat the memorable in-store appearances she did during Fenty Beauty’s debut in 2017, so she did the next best thing and staged a virtual red carpet. The Fenty Skin pre-launch party may have lived on Instagram, but the star and her glam squad took the event seriously. Stylist Jahleel Weaver, makeup artist Priscilla Ono, and hairstylist, Yusef, were all on hand—and in masks—to make Rihanna shine.