Beyoncé is back with a surprise new song called ‘Black Parade’. Co-written by Jay-Z, Derek Dixie, Caso and Kaydence, the song was released on Juneteenth (June 19), the day commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. Listen to it below.
Alongside the new track, Beyoncé also launched a new charitable initiative by the same name which spotlights Black-owned businesses through an online directory. Proceeds from the track will also directly benefit BeyGOOD’s Black Business Impact Fund. A message on the site reads, “Being Black is your activism. Black excellence is a form of protest. Black joy is your right.”
The singer also wrote on Instagram: “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.”
In the midst of worldwide protests over police brutality and systemic racism, Beyoncé has been using her platform to demand justice for George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.
In April, the singer put out a remix of Megan Thee Stallion’s ‘Savage’ to benefit Bread of Life Houston’s COVID-19 relief efforts.