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Beyoncé Serves Black Excellence With 'Black Is King'

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.”

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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

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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.