Lupita Nyong’O, Kelly Rowland, and Beyoncé’s Mom Are Among the Celebrities Featured in ‘Black Is King’
Beyoncé is powerful enough on her own. For Black is King, however, the artist included a number of dancers, actors, and even celebrities to make the Disney+ exclusive visual album a full body of work. That includes appearances from Lupita Nyong’O, Jay-Z, and even her youngest kids, Rumi and Sir Carter.
Beyoncé premiered her visual album, ‘Black is King’
The wait is over for Beyoncé fans. Only a few weeks after the release of “Black Parade,” this artist is back with a visual album featuring the songs of The Lion King: The Gift. Black is King premiered exclusively on Disney’s streaming platform, Disney+.
“Black Is King is a celebratory memoir for the world on the Black experience,” Disney and Beyoncé’s Parkwood Entertainment said in announcing the visual album, according to Variety. “The film is a story for the ages that informs and rebuilds the present. A reunion of cultures and shared generational beliefs. A story of how the people left most broken have an extraordinary gift and a purposeful future.”
Which celebrities appeared in Beyoncé’s ‘Black is King’?
Singers and rappers who recorded for The Lion King: The Gift returned to work on this visual version of the album. Pharrell Williams made a cameo for “Water.” Shatta Wale tweeted a picture of Beyoncé with the caption, “Thank you My Queen for believing in my talent and giving me a platform to share my good message to the world. God will forever bless you.”
For the song “Brown Skin Girl,” the artist mentions a number of celebrities with her lyrics. One of those actors later appeared for Black is King — the performer in Us, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and 12 Years a Slave, Lupita Nyong’O. The same song included clips of Beyoncé with her Destiny’s Child friend, Kelly Rowland and supermodel Naomi Campbell.
Fans saw some of Beyoncé’s family members, including Blue Ivy
Sure, there were celebrity appearances from artists featured on the album. Still, Beyoncé was sure to include a number of her family members in this body of work. That includes Tina Knowles, Jay-Z, and her daughters, Blue Ivy and Rumi Carter.
For the song “Mood 4 Eva,” which featured Jay-Z as a rapper, Beyoncé’s husband performed alongside her. There were still glimpses of Blue Ivy in this song, dressed in her “unbothered” best. Blue Ivy even showed off her strength for “My Power” wearing a black hat and sunglasses, and her curly hair in the “Spirit” music video.
The song which featured Blue Ivy as a singer, “Brown Skin Girl,” also featured a number of Beyoncé’s family members. (That’s true to the themes of The Lion King and the album itself.) One scene for Black is King included Beyoncé, her mother, and her two daughters, standing together.
The deluxe version of The Lion King: The Gift is available on most major streaming platforms. The visual album, Black is King is available only on Disney’s subscription service. To learn more about Disney+, visit their website.