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10 February 2015, 14:18
Queen is Queen.
Beyoncé has become particularly fond of the surprise mini-documentary. In fact, her entire last album was basically a surprise documentary (about how everyone loved a woman so much that they didn't know what to do with themselves). The latest docu piece to hit her Youtube account is a short film entitled Take My Hand, Precious Lord: The Voices.
The piece presents the backstory behind Beyoncé’s latest Grammys performance as well as the song ("Take My Hand, Precious Lord"), which was most recently featured in Ava Duvernay’s Selma.
Not unexpectedly, the story then shifts into a narration of the black male experience as told by the men involved in the live performance of the song.
The Voices contextualises the performance through the lens of modern day America and its on-going struggle to grapple with an increasingly disillusioned black male youth.
Simply shot and well performed, Beyoncé offers up a candid look into the making of an iconic performance.