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Beyonce recently sat down with Good Morning America and talked about the making of her highly anticipated forthcoming visual album Black Is King, which is slated for release on Friday (July 30). “Black Is King is finally here. I’m so excited that you guys get to watch it tonight on Disney+. It’s been a year in the working. I worked with a diverse group of very gifted directors and actors and creatives all over the world to reimagine the story of the Lion King,” Beyonce said.

“The narrative unfolds through music videos, fashion, dance, beautiful natural settings, and broad new talent. But it all started in my backyard. From my house to Johannesburg to Ghana to London to Belgium to the Grand Canyon. It was truly a journey to bring this film to life.”

“My hope for this film is that it shifts the global perception of the word ‘black,’ which has always been an inspiration, and love and strength and beauty to me,” the Houston native said. “Black Is King means black is regal and rich and history and purpose and lineage. I hope y’all love it. I hope y’all enjoy it. And I hope y’all see it tonight. “

The singer also took to Instagram on Thursday (July 30) and shared a new trailer for the visual album. “To live without refection for so long might make you wonder if you even truly exist,” Beyonce can be heard saying at the beginning of the trailer that features a leopard print Bentley driving down the road. Then a silhouette of four people appears before the same people appear standing on a sandy hill that’s close to the moon.

Beyonce appears in the clip and Blue Ivy Carter makes a cameo as well. A group of Black men wearing purple suits was also featured before Beyonce appeared sitting on the hood of the same Bentley from the beginning of the film while surrounded by Black men wearing leopard suits. Check out the new trailer below.

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Glennisha Morgan is a Detroit-bred multimedia journalist and writer. She writes about intersectionality, hip-hop, pop culture, queer issues, race, feminism, and her truth. Follow her on Twitter @GlennishaMorgan.

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