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Beyonce to release new visual album called ‘Black is King.’ Here’s how it’s related to ‘The Lion King’

Beyonce will write, direct and produce the project

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Beyoncé from “Black Is King” photo by Travis Matthews.

Beyoncé from “Black Is King” photo by Travis Matthews.

Courtesy Disney Plus Media Relations

Beyonce and Disneyhave linked up for a new project after months of rumors the two entertainment giants were in talks to work together.

What’s happening:

  • Beyonce will write, direct and executive produce an exclusive visual album called “Black is King.”
  • The album will begin streaming on Disney Plus on July 31.
  • “Black is King”comes about one year after the release of the live-action remake of “The Lion King,” which stars Beyonce.

What is ‘Black is King’ about?

The album will reimagine the lessons from “The Lion King,” sending positive messages to “today’s young kings and queens in search of their own crowns.”

Here’s what you can expect, according to Disney Plus:

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. 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.

Will ‘Black is King’ have music?

  • Yes. The album will be based on the music from “The Lion King: The Gift” — an album that released alongside “The Lion King” film, featuring music from Beyonce.
  • “Black is King” will include artists from “The Lion King: The Gift” and a number of new guest appearances.
  • The album will be “a celebratory memoir for the world on the Black experience,” according to Disney.

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