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Beyoncé Curated an Album for The Lion King.

The Lion King: The Gift will feature artists from all over globe “steeped in the sounds of Africa,” says Disney. The project was produced and curated by Nala Beyoncé and will drop on July 19, which is also when the film hits theaters.

“This is sonic cinema. This is a new experience of storytelling,” Beyoncé said of the album. “I wanted to do more than find a collection of songs that were inspired by the film. It is a mixture of genres and collaboration that isn’t one sound. It is influenced by everything from R&B, pop, hip-hop, and Afro Beat. I wanted to put everyone on their own journey to link the storyline.”

For now, you can check out “Spirit,” the first single from the soundtrack, here.

The Hip-Hop Community Has Rallied Together for A$AP Rocky.

Following news of A$AP Rocky being in custody at a Swedish jail, which began making its round last week, a petition urging Swedish officials to release the A$AP Mob rapper has received over 130K signatures. The petition launched via Change.org on Tuesday and has garnered support from everyone from ScHoolboy Q to Miguel.

“They’re holding bro for defending himself after being followed and antagonized for 30+ minutes,” Miguel wrote on Instagram. “Link to sign the petition and support in my story. I did.”

Fashion brand Guess has also showed its support. Read more.

Netflix’s Italian Original Zero Will Be the First Series from the Country to Highlight Black Italian Youth.

Netflix is getting ready to drop its fourth Italian series titled Zero, which chronicles the life of a young man named Zero with the power to know “the reality of things and people that is concealed behind appearances.”

“For me–a Black kid who is Italian, like Zero, and who owes everything Italy–the most beautiful thing is that this will be the first series in which the protagonists will be Black Italian kids,” writer/director Antonio Dikele Distefano said per Variety. “I hope that this [series] will open the door to Black actors, creatives, and artists who have not yet had a big break,” he said, adding that the series will “reflect the lives of lots of kids, regardless of what color they are.”

Zero, which will be loosely based off Distefano’s book about a kid named Zero, hits Netflix in 2020.

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