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Black Is King: Beyoncé to release visual album on Disney+

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Beyoncé is heading to Disney+ this July to release Black Is King, a new visual album.

Written, directed and executive produced by the 24-time Grammy Award-winner will arrive on the heels of the one-year anniversary of the release of Disney’s global phenomenon The Lion King. It reimagines the lessons of The Lion King for today’s young kings and queens in search of their own crowns. The film was in production for one year with a cast and crew that represent diversity and connectivity.

The voyages of Black families, throughout time, will be honoured in a tale about a young king’s transcendent journey through betrayal, love and self-identity. His ancestors help guide him toward his destiny, and with his father’s teachings and guidance from his childhood love, he earns the virtues needed to reclaim his home and throne. These timeless lessons are revealed and reflected through Black voices of today.

Based on the music of The Lion King: The Gift, and starring the album’s featured artists and some special guest appearances, 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.

Parkwood Entertainment, in association with Disney+, announced the film this morning, days after Beyoncé surprise-dropped Black Parade, a new song co-written with Jay-Z to coincide with Juneteeth.

Black Is King will debut on Disney+ on 31st July.

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