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Let’s all bow down, as Queen Bey has just released some brand new music! And in true Beyoncé fashion, it was another huge surprise…
Beyoncé has just released a brand new song, entitled Black Parade, (co-written by her husband Jay-Z, no less) to support Black-owned businesses.
And she chose the best day to debut the single: Juneteenth – sometimes referred to as Emancipation Day or Black Independence Day – I.e. the day that marks the official end of slavery in America.
“Happy Juneteenth Weekend! I hope we continue to share joy and celebrate each other, even in the midst of struggle,” she wrote on Instagram.
“Please continue to remember our beauty, strength and power. ‘BLACK PARADE’ celebrates you, your voice and your joy and will benefit Black-owned small businesses.”
Black Parade includes some very strong and powerful lyrics about black history, and also references more recent events too such as the COVID-19 pandemic, police brutality, and the recent protests.
“I’m going back to the South, where my roots ain’t watered down,” the song begins.
“Put your fists up in the air, show black love,” Beyoncé also sings.
“Need peace and reparation for my people.”
“I can’t forget my history is her-story, yeah… Being black, maybe that’s the reason why they always mad. Yeah, they always mad, yeah.”
Other notable lines include, “Fly on the runway in my hazmat” – which references the COVID pandemic, and “Rubber bullets bouncing off me,” – which of course references police brutality and the recent protests.
Beyoncé unveiled the track shortly after launching the ‘Black Parade Route’, an online directory of Black-owned businesses.
“Happy Juneteenth. Being Black is your activism. Black excellence is a form of protest. Black joy is your right,” she wrote in a post about the Black Parade Route.
“’Black Parade’ benefits BeyGOOD’s Black Business Impact Fund, administered by the National Urban League, to support Black-owned small businesses in need.”
Underneath her description, Beyoncé shared several Black-owned businesses for her fans to support, including fashion and beauty businesses, restaurants, bars, arts, health, wellness, and more.
Black Parade was written by Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Akil “Fresh” King, Brittany Coney, Densia Andrews, Kim “Kadence” Krysiuk, Rickie “Caso” Tice, and Derek Dixie. It was produced by Beyoncé and Dixie.