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Beyoncé shares trailer for her new visual album, ‘Black is King’

/ 04:03 PM June 30, 2020
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U.S. singer/songwriter Beyonce arrives for the world premiere of Disney’s “The Lion King” at the Dolby Theatre on July 9, 2019, in Hollywood. Image: Robyn Beck/AFP)

Beyoncé has announced a new visual album, entitled “Black is King”, which she wrote, directed and executive produced.

The album is based on the music of “The Lion King: The Gift”, which Beyoncé dropped to coincide with the theatrical release of Disney’s new animated remake of “The Lion King”.

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While “The Lion King: The Gift” was described by Beyoncé as “a love letter to Africa,” “Black is King” is said to “reimagine the lessons of ‘The Lion King’ for today’s young kings and queens in search of their own crowns.”

According to a press release, the visual album celebrates the voyages of Black families throughout time, and tells the story of a young king’s journey through betrayal, love and self-identity.

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“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 announcement reads, also confirming that the visual album is set to premiere on Disney+ on July 31.

The accompanying film, which was in production for one year, will feature a cast and crew that represent “diversity and connectivity.”

The announcement of “Black is King” arrives on the heels of the surprise single, “Black Parade”, which Beyoncé released on Juneteenth.

At the time, the multiple Grammy winner revealed that proceeds from the song will benefit Black-owned small businesses in need through her BeyGOOD initiative. NVG

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