Black Is King

Black Is King

Black Is King

Beyoncé writes and directs this "visual album" that re-imagines themes from The Lion King. The voyages of black families, throughout time, are honoured in a tale about a young king's transcendent journey through betrayal, love and self-identity. 

Black is King serves as a visual companion to the 2019 collaborative album The Lion King: The Gift and features music from African artists alongside Jay-Z, Blue Ivy Carter, Childish Gambino, Pharrell Williams, Kendrick Lamar and Beyoncé.

Outstanding Costumes for a Variety, Nonfiction or Reality Program, Emmys 2021
2020Rating: PG95 minsUSADisney+
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Stuff

Stuff

Beyonce singing “because you’re beautiful”, face-to-face with Rowland, could induce tears.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

A sense-dazzling showcase whose visuals sometimes outshine the music.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

It is compelling in every sense and takes you on a moving journey: not only through the story of The Lion King, but through a small portion of the beautiful cultures and traditions that exist within black communities globally.

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Variety

Variety

Black Is King excels as a celebration of Blackness in its many forms: Black women, Black men, Black children, Black motherhood, Black fatherhood, Black pasts, Black presents, and Black futures.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Just as she did with Lemonade, Beyoncé proves herself a master of the visual album once again with a timely and vivid meditation on Black pride. The film it’s born out of may be forgettable, but this is quite the opposite.

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RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

If nothing else, Black Is King is a jaw-dropping visual achievement.

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IndieWire

IndieWire

Overflowing with stunning visuals, Black Is King blends imagery from the Pan-African movement, African art and Western portraiture of African bodies, as well as Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s shared vision of Black excellence within Western culture.

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Vulture

Vulture

It’s an inclusive experience and a gorgeous tale of metaphysical Afrofuturism. For what it is, it’s great. The question once more is: How does she top this?

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The Telegraph

The Telegraph

And there we were thinking the stage recording of Hamilton was going to be the best thing on Disney+ this summer. Fools! Yes, Hamilton has songs, but does it have motorbikes? Synchronised swimming? Beyonce singing on the moon in diamonds? Naomi Campbell? I haven’t even got to the poodles yet.

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