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New Beyonce Film Coming to Disney Plus

FILE – In this Wednesday, June 5, 2019, file photo, Beyonce walks to her seat during the first half of Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Toronto Raptors in Oakland, Calif. Beyoncé did not let Juneteenth 2020 pass without dropping one of her signature surprises in the form a new single called “Black Parade.” The singer’s website says the song released late Friday, June 19, 2020, will benefit black-owned small businesses. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

By Ron Wynn

NASHVILLE, TN — Disney is tapping the talents and popularity of Beyonce as it continues spotlighting items for its new Disney Plus channel. This week they released a new trailer for her forthcoming film “Black Is King.” It can be viewed online on the Shadow and Act website, one of the country’s premier places for stories about Black entertainment. It’s based on the music from “The Lion King: The Gift,” and also stars many of the LPs top artists, plus some guest appearances.

The film was produced over a one-year period, and according to a statement from Disney productions, is designed to highlight and recognize the unity and value of Black families. The main story focuses on a young king’s transcendent journey through betrayal, love and self-identity. His ancestors help guide him toward his destiny, and with his father’s teachings and guidance from his childhood love, he earns the virtues needed to reclaim his home and throne. 

The trailer features many stars who appear in the film. The cast includes Aweng Ade-Chuol and Adut Akech, Naomi Campbell, Tina Knowles-Lawson, Lupita Nyong’o, Kelly Rowland, Pharrell Williams and JAY-Z, among others. There are also contributions from directors  Emmanuel Adje, Blitz Bazawule, Pierre Debusscher, Jenn Nkiru, Ibra Ake, Dikayl Rimmasch, Jake Nava Kwasi Fordjour,  Dafe Oboro, Julian Klincewicz, Derek Milton, Meji Alabi, Joshua Kissi, Alexandre Moors and Deon Van Zyl.

Disney also announced an international distribution deal making the film available in several African nations. South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Ethiopia, Namibia, Cameroon, Liberia, Burundi, Senegal, Togo, Somalia, Benin, Congo, Kenya, Ivory Coast, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Gabon,  and Cape Verde were among those cited in a press release. MultiChoice Group’s M-Net and Canal+ Afrique are the African companies involved in the distribution deal.

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