Beyoncé drops ‘Black Parade’ commemorating Juneteeth, her heritage

  • 06/22/2020 11:40 am ET Nathan Kauffman

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Beyoncé dropped a surprise new song, Black Parade, on Friday night in honor of Juneteenth, and announced all proceeds from the song would benefit Black-owned small businesses.

“Being Black is your activism. Black excellence is a form of protest. Black joy is your right,” she wrote. The anthem begins “going back to the South … where my roots ain’t watered down,” and moves quickly to the present uprising with, “Rubber bullets bouncing off me/Made a picket sign off your picket fence/take it as a warning.”

Beyoncé, who is from Texas, has used her platform and music to support Black pride and racial justice, including calling for justice for George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.

“I hope we continue to share joy and celebrate each other, even in the midst of struggle,” she wrote in a statement on Instagram. “Please continue to remember our beauty, strength, and power.”




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