At the BET Awards, Beyoncé received the Humanitarian Award and Michelle Obama presented the honor.
“To my girl, I just want to say you inspire me,” Michelle Obama said to Beyoncé. “You inspire all of us.”
Beyonce recently released a new song ‘Black Parade’ and created directory of black-owned businesses for people to support.
In receiving the award, Beyoncé dedicated it to those working in support of racial equality.
“Your voices are being heard and you’re proving to our ancestors that their struggles were not in vain,” she said. “Now we have one more thing we need to do to walk in our true power and that is to vote. I’m encouraging you to continue to take action. Continue to change and dismantle the racist and unequal system.”
“We have to vote like our life depends on it, because it does,” Beyoncé added.
Fox News reported on the unexpected announcement of a new visual album being released by Beyoncé in July.
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“Black Is King” will show a story that was inspired by Simba’s journey in “The Lion King”. On July 31, 2020, Disney Plus will release the visual album in celebration of the one year anniversary of the realistic remake of the original animated film.
Beyoncé voiced Simba’s love interest and playmate Nala in the feature film. Her new visual album is based on the album that Beyoncé produced to be release in conjunction with the remake.
“The Lion King: The Gift was a compilation album that was released with the “The Lion King” remake in 2019. A multitude of talented entertainers appeared on the album fulfilling a variety of roles. Childish Gambino, Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell, 070 Shake, Tierra Whack, Jay-Z, Blue Ivy Carter and Jessie Reyez joined African artists Wizkid, Shatta Wale, Burna Boy, Mr Eazi, Tiwa Savage, Tekno, Yemi Alade, Busiswa and Salatiel in the creation of this robust album.
Disney and Parkwood Entertainment, which was founded by Beyoncé, announced that that the new “Black Is King” visual album is a “celebratory memoir for the world on the Black experience”.
The announcement further stated, “The film is a story for the ages that informs and rebuilds the present. A reunion of cultures and shared generational beliefs. A story of how the people left most broken have an extraordinary gift and a purposeful future.”.
Fox News reported more on the new release and how it is attached to other Disney Plus releases coming in July.
According to the companies, Beyoncé’s visual album reimagines lessons of “The Lion King” for “today’s young kings and queens in search of their own crowns.” The film was in production for one year with a cast and crew that represent “diversity and connectivity.”
“Black Is King” pays tribute to voyages of Black families throughout time. The visual album tells the story of 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.
“These timeless lessons are revealed and reflected through Black voices of today, now sitting in their own power,” according to the announcement. “‘Black Is King’ is an affirmation of a grand purpose, with lush visuals that celebrate Black resilience and culture. The film highlights the beauty of tradition and Black excellence.”
On Juneteenth, Beyoncé surprise-dropped “Black Parade,” co-written with her husband Jay-Z, focused on Black empowerment and centered on the nationwide Black Lives Matter protests following the killing of Minneapolis man George Floyd by police.
Disney Plus recently stopped offering its free seven-day trial offer, a move coming ahead of the service’s July 3 premiere of the movie adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Hamilton.”