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Beyonce's 'Black is King' has dropped and fans are taking to Twitter to share their thoughts

Fans of the singer have made it known how much they appreciate her new visual album

Beyonce's 'Black is King' is a celebration of black resilience and culture. Courtesy Disney
Beyonce's 'Black is King' is a celebration of black resilience and culture. Courtesy Disney

Beyonce's new highly anticipated visual album Black is King has dropped on Disney+.

The video is billed as a companion to her 2019 album inspired by Disney's live-action remake of The Lion King.

It runs to an hour and 25 minutes and tells the story of a young African king who is cast out from his family and must navigate his own path as he undergoes a journey of "betrayal, love and self-identity".

The story is told through the voices of present-day black artists and features Beyonce's children and husband Jay-Z. Other famous faces to appear include Kelly Rowland, Pharrell Williams, Lupita Nyong'o, and Naomi Campbell.

The cinematographic album was produced over the course of a year and features a diverse cast and crew hailing from the different locations where it was shot, including New York, South Africa, West Africa, London and Belgium.

Beyonce called the work a "labour of love" in an Instagram post.

"It is my passion project that I have been filming, researching and editing day and night for the past year. I've given it my all and now it's yours," she wrote.

She said the events of this year made the vision and message of the album even more relevant.

"We are all in search of safety and light. Many of us want change. I believe that when Black people tell our own stories, we can shift the axis of the world and tell our real history of generational wealth and richness of soul that are not told in our history books.

"With this visual album, I wanted to present elements of Black history and African tradition, with a modern twist and a universal message, and what it truly means to find your self-identity and build a legacy."

How the Beyhive feels...

In less than 24 hours since it's release, fans have already taken to Twitter to praise the innovative new work:

Even Orange is the New Black star Uzo Aduba, who parents come from Nigeria, has taken to the platform to share her thoughts:

While Game of Thrones actress Nathalie Emmanuel also shared how emotional the album made her:

Updated: August 2, 2020 06:51 PM

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