Beyoncé will give her fans the keys to the kingdom Friday (July 31) when she drops her highly anticipated Black Is King visual album that she wrote, executive produced, directed and stars in.
Queen Bey invites “today’s young kings and queens in search of their own crowns” with a film set to The Lion King: The Gift soundtrack she curated for the Disney live-action remake of The Lion King last year, according to the Disney+ Originals biography. The bio also states that the album’s featured artists, which include Jay-Z, Childish Gambino, Burna Boy, Blue Ivy Carter, Tierra Whack, Tiwa Savage and many more, as well as special guests will star in the project.
Naomi Campbell, Lupita Nyong’o, Jay-Z, Kelly Rowland, Pharrell Williams and Tina Knowles Lawson appeared in a previous Black Is King trailer earlier this month. The film will weave in videos for “My Power” by Whack, Nija, Busiswa, Yemi Alade, Moonchild Sanelly and DJ Lag; “Mood 4 Eva” by Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Gambino and Oumou Sangaré; and “Brown Skin Girl” by Beyoncé, Blue Ivy, SAINt JHN and WizKid.
“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,” the bio reads. “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.”
She teased the film by posting a stunning, colorful trailer Wednesday night (July 29) on her Instagram, which she narrates and plays her surprise single “Black Parade,” which she released on Juneteenth (June 19).
The BeyHive can exclusively start swarming the Disney+ streaming service tomorrow at 3 a.m. EST to watch Black Is King. A deluxe edition of The Lion King: The Gift accompanies the film’s release, which boasts three new tracks.
Additionally, Disney made a deal with South African TV channel M-Net and Central/West African channel Canal+ Afrique to air Black Is King across the African continent being celebrated in the film, beginning Aug. 1. Countries with access to the broadcast include South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Ethiopia, Namibia, Cameroon, Liberia, Burundi, Senegal, Togo, Somalia, Benin, Congo, Kenya, Ivory Coast, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Gabon and Cape Verde. North African and Middle Eastern countries will also be able to watch Black Is King on Orbit Showtime Network (OSN) starting Aug. 1.