Beyoncé Announced New Project With Disney+

Beyoncé announces new Black Is King project streaming on Disney+ and Tina Knowles responds to early critics

Toree Weaver

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Posted On: July 7th, 2020 12:03 pm pst

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While the United States is a democracy, it is common law that Beyoncé is our unofficial queen. Though her reign has been unaccompanied, Beyoncé may have finally announced her royal court. On June 26th Beyoncé released a surprise trailer for her new visual album Black Is King. The one-minute-teaser revealed the project will stream on Disney+ starting on July 31, 2020. 

The film is not Beyoncé’s first visual project as it follows her Lemonade album, she put out in 2016. With writing, directing, and executive producing credits on Black Is King, we can expect the same level of artistry and dedication we have seen in her other bodies of work. The video will debut a little over a year after the live action Lion King was released in theatres. In addition to voicing Nala, she produced the beautiful soundtrack album called The Gift that embodied the sounds of Africa. Although the team intended to release the two at the same time, it couldn’t have come at a better time. With Black people being killed and dehumanized simply for the color of their skin, many have forgotten the beauty, culture, and history embedded in African and people of African descent. 

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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. Love y’all, B

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The star, who usually lets her posts do the talking, wrote a touching caption for the trailer of her new “passion project.” The care and effort put into this film is evident as the artist describes her creative process and its significance.  

“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,” she wrote. 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.” 

Although many expressed their excitement for the film, it has already faced some backlash. After the trailer was released, many voiced their disapproval on social media and accused Beyoncé of culturally appropriating African culture. It wasn’t long before her mother Tina Knowles caught wind of the accusations and defended her daughter and the creators working hard to make it special. In her response on Instagram, Knowles communicated how hard Beyoncé has been working behind the scenes and encouraged viewers to give their feedback after they have seen the entire film. 

It is funny because it is so easy to criticize someone when they are doing something. You can always tell them how they could do it better especially if you’re not paying for it. Some of you criticize under the thinly veiled guise of educating her. But you haven’t seen anything but a 3 minute trailer and you judge so quickly.”  

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I suggest all you people on here that want to write and direct and tell Beyonce what she needs to put in her movie , which countries in Africa she should focus on , the clothing ,the hairstyles, the narrative , the storyline etc . The music. Did i miss something? I strongly suggest that you should make your own movie and include every country in Africa whether it fits into the story line or not . Spend your own money (many millions) to make it and work on it for a year day and night . be sure to work on it so much that you cannot work on anything else. and pay for the expenses involved in going to every country and location in Africa . So you don’t leave any one out!!!! It is funny because it is so easy to criticize someone when they are doing something . You can always tell them how they could do it better especially if you’re not paying for it . Some of you criticize under the thinly veiled guise of educating her. But you haven’t seen anything but a 3 minute trailer and you judge so quickly. You can ‘t tell her what to do in her movie ! There is a storyline How do you know east or west works in this movie? She is working hard on getting it shown in Africa . But you really should not waste your time seeing it . You should be busy making your own. ❤️🙏🏾

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Despite negative comments, there is no argument that the short clip posted by Beyoncé showcased beautiful imagery with angelic vocals layered on top. With the debut only a couple of weeks away, people are excited to see the finished product. After news broke about a potential deal between the singer and Disney, we are keeping a close eye on other visuals, music, and artwork from the power duo.  

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Toree Weaver is an AfterBuzz TV host with a passion for glamour and kingdoms. When she isn’t modeling or dancing, she can be found binge watching shows from Gossip Girl to Game of Thrones.

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