Beyoncé surprised her fans overnight with a new song!
The singer released “Black Parade” Friday night (June 19), which was Juneteenth, the holiday celebrating the end of slavery in the United States.
The track includes a very powerful lyrics about black history, police brutality and the George Floyd protests.
“I’m going back to the South, where my roots ain’t watered down,” Beyoncé sings as the song opens.
“Put your fists up in the air, show black love,” sings the star. “Need peace and reparation for my people.”
The lyrics go on to reference the Covid-19 pandemic (“Fly on the runway in my hazmat”), police brutality (“Rubber bullets bouncing off me”) and Tamika Mallory, a prominent activist in the Women’s March and Black Lives Matter movements.
“Happy Juneteenth Weekend! I hope we continue to share joy and celebrate each other, even in the midst of struggle, please continue to remember our beauty, strength and power. The ‘BLACK PARADE’ celebrates you, your voice and your joy and will benefit Black-owned small businesses,” Beyonce wrote as she announced the release of her new song on Instagram.
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Happy Juneteenth Weekend! I hope we continue to share joy and celebrate each other, even in the midst of struggle. 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. Click the link in my bio to learn more.
The track appeared on streaming services shortly after the star launched Black Parade Route. An online directory of black-owned businesses selling everything from fashion and beauty products to home furnishings and coffee.
“Being Black is your activism. Black excellence is a form of protest. Black joy is your right”. Wrote the singer on a tagline on her website.