Beyonce Delivers a Loving Ode to Blackness

Beyonce's Visual Ode, 'Black Is King,' Arrives

She writes: "It is my passion project that I have been filming, researching and editing day and night for the past year".

Beyonce has released her new visual album Black Is King, which is based on the music of 2019's The Lion King: The Gift, Beyonce's companion album to the live-action remake of The Lion King (which Bey voices Nala in). Many artists featured on "The Lion King: The Gift" album also make appearances.

Black Is King is the re-imagination of Disney's The Lion King, which is the coming of age story of Simba, King of Pride Rock.


Black Is King debuted on Disney+ this morning and viewers noticed Beyonce's kids - Blue Ivy, Rumi, and Sir - first. According to Beyoncé's production company, Parkwood Entertainment, "Black Is King" has been in production for the last 12 months, and is "a celebratory memoir for the world on the black experience".

Model Naomi Campbell, Beyoncé's mother Tina Knowles-Lawson, Academy Award-winner Lupita Nyong'o and her Destiny's Child bandmate Kelly Rowland also feature in the film.

The album, which was produced over the course of a year was shot in multiple locations, including New York, Los Angeles, South Africa, West Africa, London and Belgium. The party concluded in the pool at midnight (when the film became available on Disney+) where Lizzo and friends queued up Black Is King on an outdoor screen. The new album includes the single "Black Parade", an extended version of it and a remix of "Find Your Way Back" featuring Melo-X.

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