Beyoncé has done it again. Last month, she released a trailer for her upcoming visual album, Black is King. The album is inspired by last year’s remake of The Lion King where she voiced the character Nala.
Just like her Coachella visual album of Homecoming, Black is King is written, directed and produced by Beyoncé. Similarly, it will celebrate Black resilience and culture. Disney and Beyoncé stated, “The visual album from Beyoncé reimagines the lessons of The Lion King for today’s young kings and queens in search of their own crowns.”
The album honors the voyages of Black families and follows a young king’s journey through betrayal, love and self-identity. It shows the love of a Black family through his father and ancestors guiding him to ultimately claim his “home and throne.” The press release states that Black is King, “is an affirmation of grand purpose, with lush visuals that celebrate Black resilience and culture. The film highlights the beauty of tradition and Black excellence.”
The film has been in production for over a year now and couldn’t have been released at a better time. The Queen has always been ahead of her time by fighting for Black rights and embracing Black culture. Black is King will release July 31 exclusively on Disney+.
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