Femke Lippens

29 Jun 2020

Beyoncé Celebrates Black History in Visual Album ‘Black Is King’ On Disney+

All members of the Beyhive rise! A new visual album written, directed, and produced by music legend Beyoncé is on its way. She revealed the trailer for ‘Black Is King’ on her Instagram alongside a lengthy caption.

Black history with a modern twist

Black is King is based on music from The Lion King: The Gift, which was the soundtrack to the remake of Disney’s The Lion King, produced by Beyoncé. Originally the idea was for the project to be a companion piece to the soundtrack and was meant to celebrate the breadth and beauty of Black ancestry. But now, all the hard work serves a greater purpose.

Beyoncé wrote in her Instagram caption, “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,” the singer elaborated.

Building a legacy

The soundtrack featured artists like Childish Gambino, Kendrick Lamar, and Jay-Z, so it’s possible that we can also expect their faces in the visual album. Although, no cameo has been confirmed yet.

It hasn’t been that long since we got some Beyoncé-related news as she released a new single “Black Parade” on Juneteenth. This is an American holiday that commemorates Union Army general Gordon Granger announcing that all slaves in Texas were free. All proceeds of the single will benefit Black-owned small businesses in need.

Still from the trailer of Beyoncé's "Black is King" to be released on Disney+

Beyoncé wants to inspire viewers to continue building a legacy that impacts the world in an immeasurable way. She hopes that everyone sees the beauty and resilience of Black people.

‘Black Is King’ will be exclusively available on Disney + on 31 July.

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