KEY POINTS

  • Beyoncé took to Instagram last month to announce the project
  • The film highlights the beauty of tradition and Black excellence
  • The trailer of the album was released July 29

Beyoncé’s much-awaited forthcoming visual album “Black Is King” is all set for release on Disney+ this Friday, July 31.

The album, which is a celebration of Black culture through the ages, is the continuation of Queen Bey’s 2019 soundtrack "The Lion King: The Gift."

"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," Disney said in a press release.

"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," it added.

Beyoncé took to Instagram last month to announce the project.

"'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," she wrote on Instagram.

The trailer of the album was released July 29 and featured Black people who are impeccably dressed. Beyoncé’s 8-year-old daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, also makes a cameo in the trailer.

"Black Is King" can be watched on Disney+. One will need a subscription to watch the album. There are three subscription options –

  • Disney+ monthly subscription at $6.99 per month
  • Disney+ annual subscription at $70 per year
  • Disney+/ ESPN/Hulu bundle monthly subscription at $12.99 per month.

The application allows you to download all shows and movies and watch them offline. These subscriptions can be canceled at any point.

beyonce Beyonce at the BET Awards 2020. Photo: Twitter/ BET