According to Picthfork ‘Beyoncé has released her new visual album Black Is King, via Disney+. The project is written, directed, and executive produced by Beyoncé, and features appearances by JAY-Z, Kelly Rowland, Naomi Campbell, Tina Knowles-Lawson, Lupita Nyong’o, and more, in addition to Bey herself. Black Is King is based on the music of The Lion King: The Gift—the companion album Beyoncé made for Disney’s “live-action” CGI remake of the classic movie. (Beyoncé voiced adult Nala in the film.) Watch Black Is King at Disney+. (Pitchfork earns a commission from purchases made through affiliate links on our site.)
In the film, dance sequences, Lion King samples, and footage of Black families around the world are interspersed with sequences in which Beyoncé traverses a beach, reciting details of a generations-spanning spiritual journey. According to a press release, Black Is King “reimagines the lessons of The Lion King for today’s young kings and queens in search of their own crowns” and is “a celebratory memoir for the world on the Black experience.” It was filmed across locations in New York, Los Angeles, South Africa, West Africa, London, and Belgium.
Beyoncé shared multiple trailers for the project in the lead-up to the film’s release. In addition to Beyoncé’s directorial guidance, Black Is King includes contributions from directors Emmanuel Adjei, Blitz Bazawule, Pierre Debusschere, Ibra Ake, Dikayl Rimmasch, Jake Nava, and Kwasi Fordjour‘.
What makes this song – “Brown Skin Girl” so exceptional and meaningful is that it celebrates not brown skin in general, but dark brown skin in particular. Couple with Beyonce’s daughter Blue Ivy (who sang the intro and outro of the song) on the song and he Mom lecturing her about her colour “Your skin is not only dark, it shines and it tells your story,” “If ever you are in doubt, remember what mama told you.” Then Starboy Wizkid blending his voices (vocals) with that of Queen B was another magical touch.