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"Black Is King" breakout star shares Hollywood experience

Posted at 11:45 PM, Aug 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-18 12:27:19-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — "Black Is King," a visual album film by Beyonce, is based on the soundtrack "The Lion King: The Gift." It tells the story of young Simba, who is forced out of his home and heads on a self-discovery adventure.

Simba is played by seven-year-old, breakout star, Folajomi Akinmurele.

"It was just cool to meet all the kids and oh yeah, of course, Beyonce," said Akinmurele.

The LA native is featured throughout the film showcasing his dancing and acting skills, appearing alongside Beyonce and Jay-Z. FJ says filming took a year, taking him to South Africa.

When asked what his favorite moment was he shared it was too hard to decide.

"Either walking down the beach with Beyonce or rapping Mood Forever and flying," Akinmurele said.

FJ was first seen during Beyonce's 2019 music video "Spirt."

FJ says he was at first disappointed that the movie premiered during a pandemic, but shares there was a bright side.

"It was still amazing because everyone was still not out but inside the house," Akinmurele said. "Most people are on their TV and it's better to do it where everyone could be outside but it's cooler to do it inside."

When not appearing in major films the Nigerian star loves to play basketball, read, and spending time with his younger sister and mom.

FJ says one day he hopes to become either a businessman, basketball player, or an actor.

According to his mother, she says Black is King will forever have a lasting impact.

"This visual album tells a story and for it to come out and it was the right time," said Moji Akinmurele. "I think the movie allows this generation and the ones to come after, that we all can be kings and queens.