If you’re looking for a pick-me-up in 2020, Beyoncé is about to deliver it. The superstar just dropped a teaser on YouTube for her new visual album, called Black Is King.
Queen Bey is not holding back on this new project — Beyoncé wrote, directed, and executive produced Black Is King. While we’re impressed, we can’t say we’re surprised. This is Beyoncé we’re talking about, after all.
Black Is King is based on music from the The Lion King: The Gift, which was the soundtrack of the 2019 remake of The Lion King and produced by Beyoncé (per CNN). “This visual album from Beyoncé reimagines the lessons of The Lion King for today’s young kings and queens in search of their own crowns,” reads a press release for the album. “The film was in production for one year with a cast and crew that represent diversity and connectivity.”
Beyonce's new album will celebrate Black voices
The press release 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… Black Is King is a celebratory memoir for the world on the Black experience. Videos for ‘My Power,’ ‘Mood 4 Eva,’ and ‘Brown Skin Girl’ are extravagances of elegance and soul. The film is a story for the ages that informs and rebuilds the present. A reunion of cultures and shared generational beliefs. A story of how the people left most broken have an extraordinary gift and a purposeful future.”
Per Cosmopolitan, Black Is King will not just feature a powerful story and incredible music, but will also have a number of guest appearances from performers like Childish Gambino, Kendrick Lamar, and Pharrell.
Black Is King will premiere on Disney+ on July 31.
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