“Black is King,” the third visual album created by Beyonce, inspired by “The Lion King,” debuted on Disney+, and if I had to sum it up in one word, I would call it compelling. “Black is King” opens up with James Earl Jones, who voiced Mufasa in the Lion King movie, reciting his lines from the original film as baby basket travels with the flow of a river .
Produce within a year and spanned across three continents, “Black is King,” is undoubtedly one of Beyonce’s most exceptional artistry pieces. Implementing lessons learned from the “Lion King” to introduce the scenes and musical performance is remarkable. “Black is King” revisions lessons taught to Simba throughout the original film for today’s young Black King’s and Queens searching for their crown. Through deep vibrant African imagery, “Black is King” shows the beauty, the royalty, and the power of being Black.
In true Queen fashion, Beyonce also pulled some of the best to appear in the visual. Pharrell, Naomi Campbell, Lupita N’yongo, Kelly Rowland, Childish Gambino, Kendrick Lamar, Jay-Z, and eight-year-old daughter Blue Ivy all make an appearance in the “Black is King.”
If you don’t have a Disney+ subscription, “Black is King” should be why you get one. All Hail the Queen.