Black Is King

95 mins
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Beyoncé writes and directs this "visual album" that re-imagines themes from The Lion King. The voyages of black families, throughout time,... More

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Black Is King is available to stream in the United... More Kingdom now on Disney+.

Black Is King | Ratings & Reviews

"Beyonce singing “because you’re beautiful”, face-to-face with Rowland, could induce tears."


"A sense-dazzling showcase whose visuals sometimes outshine the music."

Hollywood ReporterHollywood Reporter

"It is compelling in every sense and takes you on a moving journey: not only through the story of The Lion King, but through a small portion of the beautiful cultures and traditions that exist within black communities globally."

The GuardianThe Guardian

"Black Is King excels as a celebration of Blackness in its many forms: Black women, Black men, Black children, Black motherhood, Black fatherhood, Black pasts, Black presents, and Black futures."


"Just as she did with Lemonade, Beyoncé proves herself a master of the visual album once again with a timely and vivid meditation on Black pride. The film it’s born out of may be forgettable, but this is quite the opposite."

Empire MagazineEmpire Magazine

"If nothing else, Black Is King is a jaw-dropping visual achievement."

"Overflowing with stunning visuals, Black Is King blends imagery from the Pan-African movement, African art and Western portraiture of African bodies, as well as Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s shared vision of Black excellence within Western culture."


"It’s an inclusive experience and a gorgeous tale of metaphysical Afrofuturism. For what it is, it’s great. The question once more is: How does she top this?"


"And there we were thinking the stage recording of Hamilton was going to be the best thing on Disney+ this summer. Fools! Yes, Hamilton has songs, but does it have motorbikes? Synchronised swimming? Beyonce singing on the moon in diamonds? Naomi Campbell? I haven’t even got to the poodles yet."

The TelegraphThe Telegraph

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Outstanding Costumes for a Variety, Nonfiction or Reality Program, Emmys 2021
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