Beyoncé has released her new visual album Black Is King, via Disney+. The film is described as “a celebratory memoir for the world on the Black experience” in a press release, and fans agree that Bey definitely delivered on that promise.
Black Is King is written, directed, and executive produced by Beyoncé, and features a notable cast such as JAY-Z, Lupita Nyong’o, Kelly Rowland, Pharrell Williams, and Naomi Campbell. The film is based on the music of The Lion King: The Gift — the companion album Beyoncé made for last year’s Disney remake of the classic film.
“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,” Beyoncé wrote in a statement shared to Instagram. “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.”
Spanning across the globe – shot in London, New York, Ghana, South Africa, and Belgium – the film gives a modern retelling of The Lion King through the lens of Black ancestry, Black families, and the African diaspora. Black is King also includes four full-length videos for the tracks “Already,” “Brown Skin Girl,” “Mood 4 Eva” and “My Power.”
You can stream Black Is King exclusively on Disney+ and watch “ALREADY” below.
In light of so much Black excellence, fans on social media have understandably lost it. Check out the emotional, hilarious, and powerful reactions to Beyoncé’s Black Is King below.