Beyonce’s new visual album ‘Black Is King’ is a celebration of black culture amid the ongoing global discussion on race.
This 90-minute album was released on Disney+ and has received raving reviews. ‘Black is King’ is a retelling of The Lion King with a focus on a young boy.
Beyonce said in a message that the album is “intended to shift the global perception of the word black”.
Although it has released in times when conversations around race are happening globally, the idea for the album isn’t new.
The video is a celebration of the search for identity in contemporary and historical times. The working on it was started a year ago when Beyonce was working for the remake of The Lion King.
Positive reviews for the album
The album has received raving reviews, and following its release, there was a surge in worldwide protests against racial injustice.
Variety said that the album was “a colorful reminder of the power and glory of black, here in America but even more so in Africa.”
Essence.com, a black culture website, tweeted, “We’re grateful to Beyonce for this celebration of the black experience.”
Beyonce wrote in an Instagram post, “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.”