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.”