The Unorthodox Black Love of Queen & Slim | CARVE AFRICA

The Unorthodox Black Love of Queen & Slim

Black love. What is black love? It is recognizing your own privilege based on your class, gender or non-racial identities and acknowledging the struggles of others? It’s placing the most directly impacted of us at the forefront of the conversation even if that means taking a step back and letting others speak.

Well the above is just a definition that may be wrong. Maybe the right definition will come from a conspicuous debut feature film Queen and Slim from Melina Matsoukas, a Grammy award winning director for Beyoncè’s Formation video; she has a long list of stellar productions to her name such as hit series Insecure and Master of None.

Queen and Slim carries a similar story line to Bonnie and Clyde with an added twist to it, as Oscar nominee Daniel Kaluuya gives a swagger emphatic performance as Slim; a guy who manages to get a tinder date with someone out his league. This beautiful tall dark skinned intelligent lawyer named Queen played by rising super star Jodie Turner-Smith only went out with him on an impulse based on a profile picture that was appealingly piteous.

The script was written by Lena Waithe whereby she brings an emotional truth about the love story which is also played out by the politically charged racially divided modern America. Driving her home after a very agonizing dinner date and icily assured no sex, Slim is stopped by an antagonistic police officer who is also infamous for his racism and this apprehensive encounter spirals out of control and they’re later labelled cop killers but also become a symbol for people who also suffer the same atrocities of systemic racism.

Queen and Slim soundtrack is inconsistent but also beautiful; Vince Staples, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Megan Thee Stallion, and more come together for the modern day Bonnie and Clyde apologue.
There’s a few songs that standout from the 11 track album but one that really stands out has to obviously be Guarding the Gates by Lauryn Hill, the Fugees legend raps in a deep but smooth voice even though Ms Hill doesn’t spend as much time in studio as previous years her vocal range is authentic as ever.

Queen and Slim was recently released in South Africa as well as most African countries, this production is also accompanied by the sound track which is also available on all music streaming platforms.

Drop us a comment of your favourite track on the soundtrack album and let us know if you rate this film as a perfect first date movie for the month of love.

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