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BEYONCE’S BLACK IS KING
Calling all Beehive — Beyonce has just announced she’s releasing a visual album entitled Black is King, premiering exclusively on Disney+ on July 31st. We could die from excitement.
—By Luisa Tarantino
Beyonce is the queen of breaking the internet — from the moment she dropped her self-titled album on our poor, unworthy and unsuspecting souls. 2013’s Beyoncé marked Beyonce’s first visual album, setting a trend for the pop icon. She then also released Lemonade as a visual album, an album that featured such poignant and iconic imagery and created such a huge buzz, that we can’t even begin to fathom how iconic Black is King is going to be.
Written, directed and executive produced by the Queen Bee herself, Black is King is a film that will celebrate black resilience and culture, set to Beyonce’s curated The Lion King soundtrack album. The film will reimagine the key lessons from The Lion King through young characters, the “kings and queens in search of their own crowns.” Honouring the journeys and voyages of black families throughout time, the film will tell the story of a young king’s journey through betrayal, love, and self-identity. Seeking guidance from his ancestors, father, and his childhood love, he will earn the virtues needed to reclaim his throne and his home. Using timeless lessons and experiences, the film uses contemporary voices to reveal and reflect these timeless themes, celebrating blackness, black traditions and ancestry, and black excellence through rich and powerful visuals.
Beyonce has always used her platform to speak for social issues and black rights in particular, not letting a single ounce of pushback affect her or change her message. This exciting announcement came not soon after the release of ‘Black Parade,’ a single Beyonce premiered on Juneteeth on her website, with all proceeds going to black-owned small businesses. In her blog post, Beyonce writes that “Black excellence is a form of protest. Black joy is your right.” As an artist who has always celebrated blackness, black art, and black beauty, Black is King promises to be a powerful visual album that will pay the utmost honour to an incredibly rich and abundant and black culture. On Instagram, she shares her excitement about the release, but she also notes the significance of releasing this visual album now, after a year of work:
“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. 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.”
The DTK team is waiting with bated breath. We can only imagine this visual album will be as beautiful and poignant as its already incredibly breath-taking teaser clip.
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