Black is King

Last Updated on: January 20th, 2024

Black is King (Disney+ Movie)

“Black is King” is a visual album and film directed, written, and executive produced by Beyoncé. Released on July 31, 2020, on Disney+, it serves as a companion piece to the 2019 album “The Lion King: The Gift,” which was curated by Beyoncé for the live-action remake of Disney’s “The Lion King.”

“Black is King” reimagines the lessons of “The Lion King” for today’s young kings and queens in search of their own crowns. The film is a celebratory memoir for the world on the Black experience, showcasing Black excellence and culture through vibrant and elaborate visuals, powerful music, and profound storytelling. It features stunning cinematography, fashion, and choreography, with appearances by notable artists and cultural icons.

The narrative follows a young African king’s journey through betrayal, love, and self-identity, paralleling Simba’s story in “The Lion King.” It emphasizes themes of Black identity, empowerment, and resilience, with Beyoncé’s music and visuals serving as a homage to the beauty of African traditions and diaspora. “Black is King” received critical acclaim for its artistry, cultural significance, and representation.

Black is King

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  • Directors: Blitz Bazawule and Beyoncé
  • Writer: Beyoncé

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