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Beyoncé, Tiffany Haddish, Florence Kasumba & More Shine at 'The Lion King' World Premiere

Check out a glimpse of the premiere's red carpet as well as a new clip from the film.

The world premiere of Disney's "The Lion King" went down in Hollywood Wednesday and it was a star-studded affair. It also signals that we are getting even closer to its release in theaters as it's set to open July 19, 2019 worldwide.


This new imagining of a classic many of us know welcomes beloved characters back to the big screen in a whole new way. Revisit the synopsis below:

Director Jon Favreau's all-new "The Lion King" journeys to the African savanna where a future king is born. Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub's arrival. Scar, Mufasa's brother—and former heir to the throne—has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba's exile. With help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba will have to figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his.

A new clip featuring "Circle of Life" also debuted tonight during the event's livestream:

"Circle of Life" Clip | The Lion King youtu.be

In the images below, you'll see some of our favorites strut the red carpet in glistening looks, including Beyoncé and Blue, Chiwetel Ejiofor, South African legend John Kani and his family, Florence Kasumba, Tiffany Haddish and more.

Take a look:

Beyoncé and Blue.

Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney

Atandwa Kani, Mandi Kani, and John Kani.

Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney

Tiffany Haddish.

Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney

Chiwetel Ejiofor.

Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney

Florence Kasumba.

Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney

Chloe and Halle.

Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney

Lance and Berkeley Brynn Gross.

Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney

'The Lion King' cast.

Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney

Donald Glover, Beyoncé and Chiwetel Ejifor.

Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney

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10 African Films That Deal With Protest Culture & History

African countries have a long history of protests and demonstrations against forces of oppression, and this has been represented significantly in cinema.

Around the world, Nigerians in the diaspora have picked up the mantle of protesting peacefully against police brutality and violence. These gatherings are a direct extension of the nationwide protests that were brought to a tragic halt in Lagos after soldiers of the Nigerian army fired guns at peaceful protesters at the Lekki tollgate venue.

African countries have a long history of protests and demonstrations against forces of oppression and this has been represented significantly in cinema. This list, while not an exhaustive one, attempts to contextualize this rich cinematic history, tracing the complex and diverse ways that protest culture have been reflected in African film. From influential classics that are now considered required viewing to fascinating portraits of individual resistance, these films are proof that the struggle continues, regardless.

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