Beyoncé’s visual album for Black is King is here!

 

 

While on Good Morning America to promote her new visual album, Beyoncé shares:

Black Is King is finally here. I’m so excited you guys get to watch it tonight on Disney+. It’s been a year in the making,” Beyoncé said in a message on Good Morning America on Thursday.  I worked with a diverse group of very gifted directors and actors and creatives from all over the world to reimagine the story of The Lion King.  The narrative unfolds through music videos, fashion, dance, beautiful natural settings and raw new talent, but it all started in my backyard,” she continued.  So from my house to Johannesburg to Ghana to London to Belgium to the Grand Canyon — it was truly a journey to bring this film to life.  And my hope for this film is that it shifts the global perception of the word Black, which has always meant inspiration and love and strength and beauty to me,” she added. “But Black Is King means Black is regal and rich in history in purpose and in lineage. I hope y’all love it, I hope you enjoy it and I hope y’all see it tonight.”

 

 

 

Inspired by The Lion King, the visual album features full-length music videos for songs such as ‘Brown Skin Girl,’ ‘Mood 4 Eva,’ ‘My Power’ and Beyoncé’s latest, ‘Already.’

 

 

Black Is King, available now across the Disney+ streaming platform, was filmed in New York, Los Angeles, South & West Africa, London and Belgium.  The film features cameos from JAY-Z, Blue Ivy, Tina Knowles, Kelly Rowland and many more.

 

 

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To promote the film on Instagram, which was written, directed and produced by Beyoncé, the singer writes, “‘Black Is King’ is a labour 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.”

 

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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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Towards the end of ‘Black Is King,’ a special message is written across the screen, “Dedicated to my son, Sir Carter – and to all our songs and daughters, the sun and moon bow for you, you are the keys to the kingdom.”

 

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