Beyoncé has announced a new visual album titled Black Is King, set for release via Disney+ on Friday, 31st July. Written, directed and executive produced by the singer, the project is an extension of Bey’s involvement in last year’s CGI remake of The Lion King, which, in addition to voicing Nala, saw her record new music and curate companion album The Lion King: The Gift.
Referred to as “a celebratory memoir for the world on the Black experience”, Black Is King “reimagines the lessons of The Lion King for today’s young kings and queens in search of their own crowns,” per a press release.
“These timeless lessons are revealed and reflected through Black voices of today, now sitting in their own power,” it continues. 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.”
A teaser trailer is available to view here on Beyoncé’s website.
Earlier this month, Bey dropped new surprise single ‘Black Parade’ for Juneteenth, a day that commemorates the end of slavery in the US. “Put your fists up in the air, show black love,” she sings on the track. “Need peace and reparation for my people.”