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Following the success of her 2019 Lion King: The Gift album, multiple award winner, and American musician Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter known as Beyonce is set to drop her next project.
39 year old Texas born singer Queen B, as she is sometimes called, is ready to drop her next album dubbed “Black Is King”
Captioning the trailer of the album visual, she wrote:
I typically keep comments short and sweet, but I just watched the trailer with my family and I’m excited. ?please don’t get me hype?? “Black Is King” is a labor of love. It is my passion project that I have been filming, researching and editing day and night for the past year. I’ve given it my all and now it’s yours. It was originally filmed as a companion piece to “The Lion King: The Gift” soundtrack and meant to celebrate the breadth and beauty of Black ancestry. I could never have imagined that a year later, all the hard work that went into this production would serve a greater purpose.
The events of 2020 have made the film’s vision and message even more relevant, as people across the world embark on a historic journey. We are all in search of safety and light. Many of us want change. I believe that when Black people tell our own stories, we can shift the axis of the world and tell our REAL history of generational wealth and richness of soul that are not told in our history books.
With this visual album, I wanted to present elements of Black history and African tradition, with a modern twist and a universal message, and what it truly means to find your self-identity and build a legacy.
I spent a lot of time exploring and absorbing the lessons of past generations and the rich history of different African customs. While working on this film, there were moments where I’ve felt overwhelmed, like many others on my creative team, but it was important to create a film that instills pride and knowledge.
I only hope that from watching, you leave feeling inspired to continue building a legacy that impacts the world in an immeasurable way. I pray that everyone sees the beauty and resilience of our people.
This is a story of how the people left MOST BROKEN have EXTRAORDINARY gifts.❤️✊? Thank you to Blitz, Emmanuel, Ibra, Jenn, Pierre, Dikayl, Kwasi and all the brilliant creatives. Thank you to all at Disney for giving this Black woman the opportunity to tell this story.
This experience has been an affirmation of a grander purpose. My only goal is that you watch it with your family and that it gives you pride.
On BLACK IS KING Project:
‘Black Is King’ will be available to stream on Disney+ July 31 2020. It follows “the voyages of Black families,” tracing the arc 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.”
Black Is King was written, directed, and executive produced by Beyoncé, with works from director Blitz Bazawule and Oscar-winning production designer Hannah Beachler—who made history in 2019 as the first Black designer to win in her category, through her work on Black Panther and also Ghanaian singer Shatta Wale, who was featured on the Gift track “Already,” in the visual album’s teaser.
During Sunday night’s BET Awards, Beyoncé accepted her Humanitarian Award, after being introduced by former first lady Michelle Obama, stating that:
“I want to dedicate this award to all of my brothers out there, all of my sisters out there inspiring me, marching and fighting for change,” the singer said in her acceptance speech, ending it with a call to viewers to remember to vote. “Continue to change and dismantle a racist and unequal system. We have to continue to do this together.”
— The Beyonce World (@beyonceW0RLD) June 29, 2020
On Juneteenth, (Friday 19th June 2020) also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Liberation Day, and Emancipation Day – a holiday celebrating the emancipation of those who had been enslaved in the United States, Beyonce dropped a new single ‘Black Parade’ to mark the day.
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