Beyonce Teases ‘Black Is King’ Visual Album Inspired by ‘The Lion King’: Watch

Beyonce has announced her new visual album, "Black Is King," premiering this summer on Disney Plus.

Beyonce Teases ‘Black Is King’ Visual Album Inspired by ‘The Lion King’: Watch

Beyonce has surprised fans once again with the announcement of her new visual album, Black Is King.

The superstar singer dropped a one-minute trailer for the visual album — which is also being described as a film — on her website Saturday night (June 27), giving fans a sneak peek into the Lion King-inspired release.

Written, directed and executive produced by Beyonce, Black Is King will premiere globally through Disney Plus on July 31. The debut arrives approximately one year after the theatrical release of the Lion King remake, which featured Beyonce as the voice for Nala.

Black Is King is based on the music from The Lion King: The Gift, Beyonce’s 2019 soundtrack for the animated film. The set featured appearances by Childish Gambino, Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell, Jay-Z and Blue Ivy Carter.

The upcoming film, which has been in production for a year, aims to reimagine lessons from The Lion King for “today’s young kings and queens in search of their own crowns,” according to an announcement from Disney and Beyoncé’s Parkwood Entertainment.

The visual album will highlight “the voyages of Black families, throughout time” and tell the story of “a young king’s transcendent journey through betrayal, love and self-identity,” the release added. “Black Is King is an affirmation of a grand purpose, with lush visuals that celebrate Black resilience and culture.”

Black Is King will star Beyonce and feature appearances by other artists who contributed to The Lion King: The Gift.

Watch the film’s trailer below.

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Jada Pinkett Smith, Jaden Smith ‘Disgusted’ Over YouTuber Shane Dawson’s Resurfaced Video

Jada Pinkett Smith and Jaden Smith are speaking out against YouTuber Shane Dawson for a resurfaced video clip showing Dawson "sexualizing" Willow Smith.

Jada Pinkett Smith, Jaden Smith ‘Disgusted’ Over YouTuber Shane Dawson’s Resurfaced Video

Jada Pinkett Smith and her son Jaden Smith are speaking out against YouTuber Shane Dawson for a resurfaced video clip showing Dawson “sexualizing” Willow Smith when she was 11-years-old.

In the video clip, Dawson is shown pretending to masturbate to a poster of the then-11-year-old Smith.

“To Shane Dawson … I’m done with the excuses,” Willow’s mother Jada, tweeted. Meanwhile, Willow’s brother Jaden also spoke out against the YouTuber. “Shane Dawson I am disgusted by you. You sexualizing an 11-year-old girl who happens to be my sister!!! is the furthest thing from funny and not okay in the slightest bit,” he tweeted.

A day prior to the Smith’s family’s comments, Dawson had issued an apology video after coming under fire for having previously used blackface and said the N-word in past videos. The 20-minute video, titled “Taking Accountability” was posted on his YouTube channel.

“Blackface was something that I did a lot. Like, I did it a lot on my channel. There’s no excuse for it, there’s literally no excuse,” he said. “I made a video six years ago talking about it and I gave excuses. I knew it was wrong, I knew I never wanted to do it again, but I didn’t do the work. I didn’t actually look into the history of it and why it’s so wrong, and why people were so upset.”

“This man was also doing Black Face on the regular,” Jaden Smith tweeted. “As the Youth we need to create supporters who support us and our morals. This is not okay.”

Though Dawson claimed he would “never talk about a child in any way that is inappropriate,” he did not specifically address the clip regarding Smith. “I swear on my life, I am not somebody who would ever talk about a child, like in seriousness, I would never talk about a child in any way that is inappropriate,” he said.

He also claimed that his controversial jokes were a result of past abuse from his childhood: “I took that pain and I turned it into jokes.”

Dawson has not yet responded the Smith’s family’s comments.

YouTube has not responded to THR’s request for comment.

This article originally appeared on The Hollywood Reporter.

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