Last month, Disney+, announced and debuted the teaser video for the visual album Black Is King, written, directed and executive produced by 24-time Grammy Award-winner Beyoncé. Black is King premiered globally on Disney+ on Jul. 31, just in time for the one-year anniversary of the release of Disney’s The Lion King which featured Beyoncé in the role of Nala. This visually stunning album is Beyoncé’s reimagining of the lessons of The Lion King for today’s young people.

As in the story of the young lion cub, Black families are honored in a tale of 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. 

Based on the music of The Lion King: The Gift, and starring the album’s featured artists and some special guest appearances, Black Is King is a celebratory memoir for the world on the Black experience. 

—Jennifer Swartvagher

Featured photo: Travis Matthews

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