'Black is King': Beyoncé dedicates celebration of Black magnificence, retelling of 'Lion King' to son

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Disney+ Friday), which explores the fantastic thing about blackness that’s at greatest undervalued and at worst discriminated towards.  ” data-reactid=”12″>The trailblazer, 38, continued her push towards equality with the discharge of her uncooked and trustworthy visible album “Black is King” (out on Disney+ Friday), which explores the fantastic thing about blackness that’s at greatest undervalued and at worst discriminated towards.  

"The Lion King: The Gift” soundtrack, which Beyoncé produced after starring as Nala in the 2019 Disney remake. But her visual album has taken on new meaning following the reemergence of the Black Lives Matter movement and the fight against police brutality and racism, social causes Beyoncé has lent her star power to. ” data-reactid=”13″>Production on “Black is King” started one year ago as a companion piece to “The Lion King: The Gift” soundtrack, which Beyoncé produced after starring as Nala in the 2019 Disney remake. But her visual album has taken on new meaning following the reemergence of the Black Lives Matter movement and the fight against police brutality and racism, social causes Beyoncé has lent her star power to. 

“If you think you are insignificant, you better think again,” Beyoncé sings to a newborn baby cradled in her arm as waves wash against the shore and her flawlessly draped asymmetrical gown. 

Grand Canyon — by way of stunning visuals full of song, dance, fashion and breathtaking scenery. ” data-reactid=”19″>The all-encompassing experience takes viewers on the  worldwide journey of a young king’s quest through self-identity — from Beyoncé’s backyard (literally) to Johannesburg and the Grand Canyon — by way of stunning visuals full of song, dance, fashion and breathtaking scenery. 

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Beyoncé wears cheetah print in her upcoming visual album, “Black is King.”

In the opening scenes to “BIGGER,” Beyoncé marks a young boy’s face with white paint to anoint the future king, an act similar to the one Rafiki performed on newborn Simba in the “Lion King.”

The future king is led astray on his discovery by betrayal on “Don’t Jealous Me” (where Beyoncé is draped in a yellow boa constrictor) and “SCAR” (where Mufasa is hit by a motorcycle, the equivalent to the wildebeest stampede in the original film.)

Like viewers watched Simba grow from a cub to a Lion over the course of “Hakuna Matata,” the young prince ages to a familiar face — Jay-Z (Shawn Carter) — as the familiar tune plays overhead.

The camera cuts back and forth from the young prince to Jay-Z the two alternate rapping verses in “MOOD FOR EVA.”

The Carters are a major mood as they live in the lap of Black luxury while performing the upbeat single, complete with a garden tea party featuring Beyoncé’s mother, Tina Knowles-Lawson, and Destiny Child bandmate Kelly Rowland and a human chessboard where Beyoncé is rightfully Queen.

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Blue Ivy, 8, and Rumi Carter, 3.” data-reactid=”40″>The star power didn’t stop there. Pharrell Williams makes an appearance on “WATER” and the debutante-themed music video for “BROWN SKIN GIRL” features Naomi Campbell, Lupita Nyong’o, Rowland, Knowles-Lawson and Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s daughters, Blue Ivy, 8, and Rumi Carter, 3.

“We have always been wonderful,” Beyoncé says while flawlessly blending spoken word, imagery and song. “I see us reflected in the world’s most heavenly things. Black is King. We were beauty before they knew what beauty was.”

The real star of the visual film, however, is the raw, untapped talent from performers around the world showcasing their rich tradition and culture, history and lineage. “Black is King” serves as an ode to Pan-African culture. It taps into the often overlooked Afrobeats genre and puts the spotlight on less mainstream superstars like Wizkid and Shatta Wale while employing popular African dances like the gbese, gwara and zanku.

“Everything you see exists collectively in a fragile steadiness,” said James Earl Jones, who voices Mufasa in “Lion King.” “You want to grasp that steadiness and respect all of the creatures, from the crawling ant to the leaping antelope. We are all related within the nice circle of life.”