On July 31st, Beyonce released “Black is King” on Disney+. A project that gathered a diverse group of actors, directors and creatives to reimagine the story of “Lion King.”
“My hope is that it shifts the global perception of the word black, which has always meant inspiration, love, strength and beauty to me. “Black is King” means Black is regal, rich in history, purpose and lineage.” — Beyonce on the project’s intention
I am a major fan of Beyonce and remain inspired by her love of black people and the diaspora. I enjoy learning as much about the diaspora as possible from culture to people to history. I thought the best way I could contribute is to compile some of the existing resources from others and to put in a few days of my own research to bring you more information on the folks who were behind the scenes from directors to writers to choreographers (find me on Cash App). I focused my research on members of the diaspora given limited time (no disrespect intended).
My hope is that you and the young black people in the diaspora see themselves in front of and behind the camera for a work that was clearly a massive endeavor. View their pictures, follow them on Instagram and read about their other works. The cities listed are their hometowns, but I encourage you to research more about them to find their specific connections to the diaspora if the names or linked articles don’t make it 100% clear.
Here’s what is included in this reader:
- Cultural References Threads on Twitter / YouTube re: Symbolism
- Main Cast & Special Guests
- Credited Directors, Producers, Cinematographers, Editors, Writers, Choreographers, Casting, Costume & Glam Leads (Pictures, Social Links)
- Major press reference material for fashion designers and praise for quotes
FOLAJOMI AKINMURELE: Nigeria | Instagram
NYANISO DZEDZE: Johannesburg, South Africa | Instagram
MARY TWALA: Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa | Acting Credits
KELLY ROWLAND: Houston, TX, USA | Instagram | Spotify
Additional Directors: Dikayl Rimmasch, Jake Nava, Julian Klincewicz, Alexandre Moors & Deon Van Zyl
PARKWOOD ENTERTAINMENT / EXECUTIVE PRODUCER TEAM
KENECHUKWU OBIAJULU (Cinematographer): Lagos, Nigeria | Twitter |
Additional Cinematographers: Ryan Marie Helfant, Santiago Gonzalez, Michael Fernandez, Erik Henriksson, Dany Hiele, Laura Merians, Nicolai Niermann & Benoit Soler.
Additional Editors: Maria-Celeste Garrahan, Haines Hall & Tom Watson.
MUSICIANS & WRITERS
WARSAN SHIRE (Featured Poet): Poetry Foundation Profile
Additional Scoring: James William Blades.
COSTUME & CASTING
CHRISTIAN YAV: Congo | Instagram
Additional Choreographers: Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui & Dana Foglia,
HAIR & MAKEUP SQUAD
Additional Makeup Squad: Rokeaal Lizama, Francesca Tolot &Wendy Miyake
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