Beyoncé shares new trailer for ‘Black Is King’
The first official trailer for Beyoncé’s upcoming film ‘Black Is King’ is out. On Sunday morning, the 24-time Grammy winner released the trailer for ‘Black Is King’. Her new visual album jam-packed with gorgeous visuals will be streaming on Disney+ starting July 31.
Beyoncé has curated and executive produced the soundtrack, which features her daughter Blue Ivy Carter, Jay-Z, Kelly Rowland, Naomi Campbell, Tina Knowles-Lawson, Childish Gambino, Pharrell Williams, Kendrick Lamar, Tierra Whack, 070 Shake, Jessie Reyez and other artists. Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o also makes a brief appearance in the trailer. Black Is King arrives two weeks after the one-year anniversary of The Lion King’s theatrical release.
Black Is King will also include contributions from directors Emmanuel Adjei, Blitz Bazawule, Pierre Debusschere, Ibra Ake, Dikayl Rimmasch, Jake Nava, and Kwasi Fordjour. According to a press release, ‘Black Is King’ was filmed across locations in New York, Los Angeles, South Africa, West Africa, London, and Belgium. With the arrival of this trailer comes exciting information about the release plans for ‘Black Is King’. In addition to its Disney+ debut, ‘Black Is King’ will be made available across the African Continent. Disney recently announced a distribution deal that will make the film available to stream on much of the African Continent, including South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Ethiopia, Namibia, Cameroon, Liberia, Burundi, Senegal, Togo, and more.
Beyoncé previously worked with Disney on the “live-action” CGI remake of The Lion King, for which she voiced the role of adult Nala. Bey released a companion album for the film titled The Lion King: The Gift, and later shared a documentary called Beyoncé Presents: Making the Gift about her recording and curating process for the project. Black Is King is based on the music of The Lion King: The Gift.
More recently, Beyoncé dropped her new single “BLACK PARADE,” which arrived on Juneteenth (June 19)— a day commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. In late June, Beyoncé was honored at the 2020 BET Awards, where she received the annual Humanitarian Award in recognition of her philanthropic efforts. She also leant her signature to an open letter urging Senate leaders to pass legislation that would protect the voting rights of every citizen, particularly of Black and Brown citizens. The letter was written by Beyoncé’s mother Tina Knowles-Lawson.
Beyoncé worked with several noteworthy collaborators on the visual album, including her go-to music video director, Jake Nava, her longtime collaborator Kwasi Fordjour, and “This Is America” creative director Ibra Ake, as well as filmmakers Pierre Debusschere, Jenn Nkiru, and Dikayl Rimmasch, as per the official press release. Disney previously described the film as being, “a celebratory memoir for the world on the Black experience,” and confirmed it would include full-length videos for new songs “Already,” “Brown Skin Girl,” “Mood 4 Eva” and “My Power,” which is previewed in the new trailer.
‘Black Is King’ isn’t the only recent project from Queen Bey. In June, Beyoncé dropped her single “Black Parade” on Juneteenth. She also debuted BeyGOOD, a Black-Owned Business Impact Fund, an initiative to support small businesses in partnership with the NAACP. Luckily, even more content is on the way for the Beyhive, and the upcoming film promises to be yet another stunning visual album from the artist.