While you are enjoying the great creativity that comes Beyoncé’s visual album, ‘Black is King’, take time to learn about a few things that inspired the making of the movie.
Black ‘s King is a musical film and visual album which was largely directed, written and executive produced by American singer Beyoncé.
The film serves as a visual companion to the 2019 album The Lion King: The Gift, a tie-in album curated by Beyoncé for the 2019 remake of The Lion King.
(1).The film was written by Beyoncé, with poet Yrsa Daley-Ward and writer Clover Hope contributing to the script.
(2). Beyoncé spent a lot of time exploring and absorbing the lessons of past generations and the rich history of different African customs”. The trailer shows Beyoncé reading from the 1971 book Black Gods and Kings, written by American art-historian Robert Farris Thompson to record the art history of the Yoruba people of southwestern Nigeria.
(3). The film talks about a young African king who is cast out from his family into an unforgiving world. He subsequently undergoes a journey “through betrayal, love and self-identity” to reclaim his throne, utilizing the guidance of his ancestors and childhood love.
(4). Beyoncé borrowed some of her mother Tina Knowles-Lawson’s art pieces for Black Is King, as revealed by Knowles-Lawson during a February 2020 interview with the Wall Street Journal,
(5). The shooting of the film took place in locations such as South Africa, Ghana, Nigeria, New York, Los Angeles, London and Belgium.