Beyoncé has announced a new visual album called Black is King. Written, directed, and executive produced by Beyoncé, the album is set to premiere on Disney+ on July 31. Check out the one-minute teaser trailer below.
The project is connected to Beyoncé’s previous collaboration with Disney on last year’s The Lion King remake, in which she voiced Nala. She also produced the The Lion King: The Gift soundtrack, which featured Childish Gambino, Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell, 070 Shake, Tierra Whack, Jay-Z, and more. According to a press release, Black Is King “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, are honored in a tale about a young king’s transcendent journey through betrayal, love and self-identity,” the press release continues. “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.”
“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.”
Last year, Beyoncé also put out a documentary about the making of the Lion King soundtrack called Beyoncé Presents: Making the Gift. More recently, the singer unveiled a new single called ‘Black Parade’ to commemorate Juneteenth, as well as launching a initiative to support Black small businesses.