Beyoncé has released a trailer for her new visual album, Black is King. The album aims at promoting the beauty of tradition and black excellence. It is going to premiere internationally on Disney+ on 31 July. The album is an adaptation and also a reboot of the live-action remake of the Lion King. It has music from Beyoncé’s 2019 album, The Lion King: The Gift.

Beyoncé is also the executive producer for the project. The diverse creative team consists of the Dutch-Ghanian film-maker Emmanuel Adjei, the Ghanaian pop star Blitz Bazawule and the Belgian visual artist Pierre Debusschere.

The makers shot Black Is King over the course of a year in Los Angeles, South Africa, Belgium, New York and London. Beyoncé’s husband, rapper Jay-Z and her former Destiny’s Child band-mate, Kelly Rowland are going to feature in the visual album as well. Singer Pharrell Williams, actress Lupita Nyong’o and supermodel Naomi Campbell are also among the featured artists.

What You Should Know

  • Beyoncé has released a trailer for her new visual album, Black is King. It is going to premiere internationally on Disney+ on 31 July.
  • The album is an adaptation and a reboot of the live-action remake of the Lion King. It has music from Beyoncé’s 2019 album, The Lion King: The Gift.
  • Beyoncé’s husband, rapper Jay-Z and her former Destiny’s Child band-mate, Kelly Rowland are going to feature in the visual album. Singer Pharrell Williams and supermodel Naomi Campbell are also among the featured artists.

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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 focuses on the superstar’s reimagined Africa. In the fantasy film, a young man embarks on an ethereal voyage to self-discovery wherein his glorious ancestral history and heritage guide him. Beyoncé researched a multitude of African cultures to consequently write, direct and also produce the film.

“The film follows a young king’s transcendent journey through betrayal, love, and self-identity,” a press release stated.

Also Read: Michelle Obama Presents Beyoncé With BET Humanitarian of Year Award

Ria Chakraborty is an intern with SheThePeople.TV

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