Beyonce narrates new trailer for 'Black is King' visual album

July 20 (UPI) -- Disney+ is giving a glimpse of Beyoncé's visual album Black is King.

The streaming service released a new trailer for the project Monday featuring footage of Beyoncé and the 38-year-old singer as narrator.


The preview follows a young boy as he grows and makes a series of life-altering choices.

"You, who were formed by the heat of the galaxy, what a thing to be. Both unique and familiar. To be one and the same. And still unlike any other," Beyoncé says.

"Life is a set of choices. Lead or be led astray. Follow your light or lose it," she adds.

Black is King is based on the The Lion King: The Gift, the album Beyoncé released in 2019 for Disney's Lion King remake. Beyoncé voiced Nala in the photorealistic remake, which opened in theaters in July 2019.

Black is King will reimagine the lessons from The Lion King for "today's young kings and queens in search of their own crowns," Disney previously said in a press release. The story follows a "young king's transcendent journey through betrayal, love and self-identity."


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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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Black is King features appearances by Beyoncé's husband, Jay Z, her mother, Tina Knowles-Lawson, model Naomi Campbell, actress Lupita Nyong'o and other stars. The album features full-length videos for the songs "Already," "Brown Skin Girl," "Mood 4 Eva" and "My Power."

Black is King premieres July 31 on Disney+.

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