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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.
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.”
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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