Beyonce's new film takes you on a journey of black art, music, history and fashion as the superstar transports you to Africa to tell the story of a young man in search of his crown, matched to epic songs she created while inspired by The Lion King. "Many of us want change", she wrote in a post on Instagram that teased the visual album. "My hope for this film is that it shifts the global perception of the word "black, ' which has always meant inspiration and love and strength and beauty to me", she told GMA". The visual comes from her new Black Is King release and features musicians Shatta Wale and Major Lazer.
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According to Smyth, the story follows a similar vein to The Lion King, a movie for which Beyonce lent her voice.More news: Apple iphone people will get free cloud storage - thanks to Google
The Lion King's release and the companion album The Lion King: The Gift released a year ago are closely connected to Black is King, in its somewhat story and also in its themes. Beyonce went on to define Black Is King as meaning "Black is regal and rich in history, in goal and in lineage". "The film highlights the beauty of tradition and Black excellence".
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The music is based on The Lion King: The Gift, which came after the new film.More news: Brendan Gleeson Plays Donald Trump In New Series — TRAILER
Beyonce had described the work as a "labor of love", that now serves "a greater purpose" than its original role as a companion piece to "The Lion King: The Gift", given the current sociopolitical climate.
That leads into Brown Skin Girl, as Naomi Campbell, Lupita Nyong'o and Kelly Rowland - queens that Beyonce name-drops on the song - make appearances alongside other black and brown women and girls in a deep celebration of melanin, diversity and sisterhood.More news: Rio Tinto sees profits slide, but eyes US$2.5bln dividend