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Black Is King: Beyoncé once again made the world stop through her stunning visual album

Black Is King, a film by Beyoncé, has hit Disney+. A reimagining of The Lion King, Black Is King is a visual album based on the music of The Lion King: The Gift, curated by none other than Queen Bey herself for last year’s remake that starred Donald Glover and of course Beyoncé (as Nala).

It follows a young African king’s journey through betrayal, love, and self-identity as his ancestors guide him along the way. The roll out to Black Is King involved not one, but two trailers, a pre-recorded guest appearance on Good Morning America, and a surprise video drop for the single “Already” three hours before the film hits streaming platforms. 

According to Bey, the visual album was filmed all over the world starting in B’s backyard and taking her to Johannesburg, Ghana, London, to Belgium, and the Grand Canyon. The film also features Black royalty including but not limited to Pharrell Williams, Naomi Campbell, Lupita Nyong’o, Beyoncé’s Destiny’s Child sister Kelly Rowland, and the child of destiny herself, Blue Ivy. 

If you’re wondering how you can watch Beyoncé’s latest achievement in film and music, look below for a detailed breakdown of all the ways to stream Black Is King. Savor this moment, it may be the only good thing to happen in 2020.

Beyoncé's first visual album was the self-titled "Beyoncé," released in 2013, featuring hit tracks "Drunk In Love" and "XO." Her second visual album, "Lemonade," released to HBO in 2016, was a dreamy and powerful mix of visuals, spoken word, confessions and lyrics with themes of love, betrayal, empowerment, tribalism and family.

Earlier that year, Beyoncé released her hit track "Formation" from the album, with a video featuring imagery closely aligned with the Black Lives Matter movement. One scene in the video features a young African-American boy in a hoodie, dancing in front of a line of police officers wearing riot gear; then, the words "Stop Shooting Us" appear in graffiti on a wall.

There was some controversy over the video and over the Black Panther-esque outfits worn by dancers at a Super Bowl halftime performance of the track. Some police departments argued the imagery was anti-law enforcement. however, Fans supported the singer.

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