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Beyoncé’s 2020 Recap Shows the Power of Black Joy

Beyoncé walks the walk when it comes to showing up for the Black Community

Beyonce and Kelly Rowland in the music video for "Brown Skin Girl"

In the background of Beyoncé's 2020 recap video on Instagram plays her song "Bigger" from the Lion King soundtrack, The Gift, and later, her visual album Black is King.

The song is an ode to community, a meditation on our collective belonging to a larger whole. The lyrics point specifically to Blackness — Black belonging, Black community. Beyoncé sings: "Bigger than you / Bigger than we / Bigger than the picture they framed us to see," acknowledging the limited scope of Blackness acknowledged by larger American society.

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