Black Is King

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This visual album from Beyoncé reimagines the lessons of "The Lion King" for today’s young kings and queens in search of their own crowns. The voyages of Black families, throughout time, are honored in a tale about a young king’s transcendent journey... read more
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This visual album from Beyoncé reimagines the lessons of "The Lion King" for today’s young kings and queens in search of their own crowns. 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. 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. Videos for “My Power,” “Mood 4 Eva,” and “Brown Skin Girl” are extravagances of elegance and soul. The film is a story for the ages that informs and rebuilds the present. A reunion of cultures and shared generational beliefs. A story of how the people left most broken have an extraordinary gift and a purposeful future.

Original Release

07/31/2020

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Cast

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Directors

Beyoncé Knowles, Blitz Bazawule, Emmanuel Adjei, Ibra Ake

Writers

Beyoncé Knowles, Yrsa Daley-Ward, Andrew Morrow, Warsan Shire, Clover Hope

Cast

Beyonce
Beyoncé Knowles
Blue Ivy Carter Blue Ivy Carter
Connie Chiume Connie Chiume
Kelly Rowland Kelly Rowland
Warren Masemola Warren Masemola
Naomi Campbell Naomi Campbell
Lupita Nyong'o Lupita Nyong'o
Jay-Z
Pharrell Williams Pharrell Williams
Tina Knowles-Lawson Tina Knowles-Lawson
Adut Akech Adut Akech
Yemi Alade Yemi Alade
Aweng Ade-Chuol Aweng Chuol (as Aweng Chuol)
Clem Darling Head Bellhop
Nyaniso Dzedze Nyaniso Dzedze
Nadi Fadina Nandi Madida
Michael Franklin Michael Franklin
JD McCrary Young Simba
Jessie Reyez Jessie Reyez

Producers

Beyoncé Knowles Executive Producer
Erinn Williams Executive Producer
Steve Pamon Executive Producer

Editors

Andrew Morrow, Haines Hall

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