The Knowles-Carter family is in the house!
Friday on Disney+, Beyoncé dropped her highly anticipated visual album, “Black Is King,” based on the singer’s soundtrack album “The Lion King: The Gift” for the 2019 film.
In the 85-minute musical — which, per Disney+, “reimagines the lessons of ‘The Lion King’ for today’s young kings and queens in search of their own crowns” — the musician’s kids with husband Jay-Z all make showstopping appearances.
Bey and Jay’s eldest daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, 8, showed off her acting skills in “Find Your Way Back”:
Blue also sang a few lines in “Brown Skin Girl,” a song that earned her — along with Bey, SAINt JHN, and Wizkid — a 2020 BET Her award, which recognizes neo soul and/or traditional R&B artists.
In the visuals for “Brown Skin Girl,” Bey’s mom Tina Knowles Lawson and Bey’s youngest daughter, Rumi, 3, join Blue for a beautiful family photo (seen at the top).
At the end of the film, Bey dedicated “Black Is King” to her son and Rumi’s twin brother, Sir, 3, as well as “to all our sons and daughters.”
Per Disney+, Bey’s latest project “was in production for one year with a cast and crew that represent diversity and connectivity.”
“The voyages of Black families, throughout time, are honored in a tale about a young king’s transcendent journey through betrayal, love and self-identity,” the streaming platform continued. “His ancestors help guide him toward his destiny, and with his father’s teachings and guidance from his childhood love, he earns the virtues needed to reclaim his home and throne. These timeless lessons are revealed and reflected through Black voices of today, now sitting in their own power.”
In an Instagram post published last month, Bey — who played Nala in “The Lion King” — called “Black Is King” a “labor of love” and her “passion project.”
“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,” the superstar wrote. “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.”
In addition to producing the project, Bey served as co-director and co-writer.