Truly great stories can be told without specifics. They survive not because of the specific words used to recount them, but because their characters, arcs, and lessons are universalThe Lion King is a story about talking safari animals, but Simba’s journey of being shamefully forced from his home, losing his identity, and returning to take his place in the circle of life is packed with powerful themes that resonate beyond one lion’s tale.
Beyoncé’s visual album Black is King, streaming now on Disney+, recontextualizes the metaphor of Simba’s journey to that of the African diaspora — removed from the homeland, denied the memory of our royalty, and rising to retake our cultural legacy. Set with music from Beyoncé’s curated 2019 album The Lion King: The Gift, Black is King is an invitation to revel in the diversity and beauty of the African continent and a celebration of thriving through survival. Read