Official Trailer Released for Beyoncé’s Black Is King
The official trailer for “Black Is King: A Film by Beyoncé” released today. “Black Is King” will stream exclusively on Disney+ starting July 31.
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“Black Is King” is a visual album, originally intended as a companion piece to “The Lion King: The Gift” soundtrack. “Black Is King” was written, directed and executive produced by Beyoncé.
Beyoncé announces the trailer drop
Beyoncé released a sneak peek on her website, and used Instagram to share her thoughts:
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I typically keep comments short and sweet, but I just watched the trailer with my family and I’m excited. ?please don’t get me hype?? “Black Is King” is a labor of love. It is my passion project that I have been filming, researching and editing day and night for the past year. I’ve given it my all and now it’s yours. It was originally filmed as a companion piece to “The Lion King: The Gift” soundtrack and meant to celebrate the breadth and beauty of Black ancestry. I could never have imagined that a year later, all the hard work that went into this production would serve a greater purpose. The events of 2020 have made the film’s vision and message even more relevant, as people across the world embark on a historic journey. We are all in search of safety and light. Many of us want change. I believe that when Black people tell our own stories, we can shift the axis of the world and tell our REAL history of generational wealth and richness of soul that are not told in our history books. With this visual album, I wanted to present elements of Black history and African tradition, with a modern twist and a universal message, and what it truly means to find your self-identity and build a legacy. I spent a lot of time exploring and absorbing the lessons of past generations and the rich history of different African customs. While working on this film, there were moments where I’ve felt overwhelmed, like many others on my creative team, but it was important to create a film that instills pride and knowledge. I only hope that from watching, you leave feeling inspired to continue building a legacy that impacts the world in an immeasurable way. I pray that everyone sees the beauty and resilience of our people. This is a story of how the people left MOST BROKEN have EXTRAORDINARY gifts.❤️✊? Thank you to Blitz, Emmanuel, Ibra, Jenn, Pierre, Dikayl, Kwasi and all the brilliant creatives. Thank you to all at Disney for giving this Black woman the opportunity to tell this story. This experience has been an affirmation of a grander purpose. My only goal is that you watch it with your family and that it gives you pride. Love y’all, B
A labor of love
As Beyoncé states in her Instagram post, the visual album is her passion project and she’s been working on it constantly for the last year. It is “meant to celebrate the breadth and beauty of Black ancestry.” The film is able to “present elements of Black history and African tradition, with a modern twist and a universal message, and what it truly means to find your self-identity and build a legacy.”
Ultimately, Beyonce thanks “all at Disney for giving this Black woman the opportunity to tell this story.”
One year since release of “The Lion King”
Black is King will be released one year after the release of “The Lion King” on Disney+. As Disney states in their press release, “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.”
Beauty and excellence of Black tradition
Disney’s press release continues, “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. 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, 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.”
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The trailer is stunning, and fans are buzzing with anticipation on social media. We can’t wait to see the visual album in its entirety on Disney+ on July 31!
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