Beyoncé’s New Visual Album ‘Black Is King’ Has Cameos From Kelly Rowland, Lupita Nyong’o & More

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Attention, BeyHive: Beyoncé’s Black Is King release date is almost here. The singer announced her next album, Black Is King, on her Instagram on June 28 with a one-minute clip from the film (streaming on Disney+). In her caption, Beyoncé’ opened up about how Black Is King has been a “passion project” for her and how the current Black Lives Matter movement has inspired the message of her new album.

“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🎶🤪,” she wrote.  “‘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.”

She continued, “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.”

The singer went on to explain how Black Is King pays tribute to Black history and African traditions, with a “modern twist” and a “universal message.” Beyoncé ended her Instagram post with a thank you to those who helped her create the album, as well as Disney for giving her a platform for the film.

“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,” she wrote. “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.”

She continued, “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.”

Ahead is what we know so far about Beyoncé’s Black Is King.

When Is Beyoncé’s Black Is King release date?

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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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Beyoncé’s Black Is King will be released on Disney+ on Friday, July 31, 2020. The album will also be broadcast on M-Net and Canal+Afrique in Africa.

What Is Beyoncé’s Black Is King about?

Black Is King is Beyoncé’s seventh solo album. Similar to 2017’s Lemonade and 2013’s Beyoncé, Black Is King is a visual album that will consist of several music videos that tell a full-length story. The album is directed, written and executive produced by Beyoncé and is a companion to the 2019 album The Lion King: The Gift, which Beyoncé curated for the 2019 live-action remake of The Lion King, in which she starred as the voice of Nala.

According to Disney and Beyoncé’s entertainment company, Parkwood Entertainment, the album tells the story of a young African King who undergoes a journey “through betrayal, love and self-identity” to reclaim his throne, utilizing the guidance of his ancestors and childhood love.

“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,” Disney and Parkwood Entertainment said in a statement.

The statement continued, “These timeless lessons are revealed and reflected through Black voices of today, now sitting in their own power. Black Is King is an affirmation of a grand purpose, with lush visuals that celebrate Black resilience and culture. The film highlights the beauty of tradition and Black excellence.”

Who’s in Beyoncé’s Black Is King music videos?

Disney released the trailer for Beyoncé’s Black Is King on July 19. The trailer included cameos from several Black celebrities including Lupita Nyong’o, Kelly Rowland, Pharrell Williams and models Adut Akech and Aweng Ade-Chuol. Beyoncé’s family membes, including her husband, Jay-Z, her son, Sir, her daughters, Blue Ivy and Rumi, and her mom, Tina Lawson-Knowles, also make appearances.

What is Beyoncé’s Black Is King cover?

Disney revealed the cover for Beyoncé Black Is King on July 19. The cover features the singer upside down in space next to Earth with the moon behind her. “A Film By Beyoncé. BLACK IS KING,” reads the text on the cover.

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