Stream Black Is King starting July 31 on Disney Plus.Gareth Cattermole/GettyImages
Black Is King, Beyoncé's upcoming visual album, is coming to Disney Plus this Friday, July 31. A continuation of Queen Bee's recent album, The Lion King: The Gift (if you haven't given that a listen, see all options below). Black is King is a film said to celebrate Black culture. Beyoncé wrote, directed and served as executive producer.
Black Is King follows the stories of Black families throughout time and tells "a tale about a young king's transcendent journey through betrayal, love and self-identity," Disney said in a press release. The young king's loved ones help guide him to reclaim his home and throne.
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"With this visual album, I wanted to present elements of Black history and African tradition, with a modern twist and a universal message, and what it truly means to find your self-identity and build a legacy," Beyoncé wrote in an Instagram post.
The film has sparked controversy among members of the African community over its portrayal of African cultures. In the trailer below, the characters in Black Is King are seen wearing animal skins and face paint.
Here's how you can watch Black Is King on Disney Plus July 31. And while you're waiting for the movie to drop on Disney Plus, you can watch the official trailer below.
Can I watch Black Is King on Disney Plus for free?
To watch Black Is King, you'll need to have one of the Disney Plus subscriptions below. Note that you can cancel anytime.
There are three ways to subscribe:Month-to-month Disney Plus subscription ($6.99 per month).Annual Disney Plus subscription ($70 per year): If you want to prepay for a year of Disney Plus, this option gets your monthly fee down to $5.83.Disney Plus/Hulu/ESPN Plus bundle ($12.99 per month): Normally, it costs about $18 to get this triple-shot of Disney-owned online services. But ordering them as a bundle saves you $5 a month.
If you don't see Black Is King highlighted at the top of Disney Plus, you can search by selecting the magnifying glass icon and typing the movie's name.
Watch Black Is King on your smart TV or phone.Sarah Tew/CNET
Can I download Black Is King to watch offline?
Disney Plus lets you download all its shows and movies to watch offline.
Where can I listen to Beyoncé's album The Lion King: The Gift?
Before you watch the movie, you may be interested in listening to The Lion King: The Gift album. Vanity Fair reports Black Is King will pick up where The Gift left off, so listening to the album could help make the transition to the movie easier. Here's where you can listen.YouTubeSpotifyAmazon Music UnlimitedApple Music
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