Jun 21, 2020

Beyoncé releases new song - Black Parade

Beyoncé has released a surprise new song, Black Parade, hours after announcing a new initiative to support black-owned businesses.

The track includes powerful lyrics about black history, police brutality and the George Floyd protests.

"Put your fists up in the air, show black love," sings the star. "Need peace and reparation for my people."

The song was released on Juneteenth, a holiday marking the official end of slavery in the US.

The celebration originated in Beyoncé's home state of Texas but is now celebrated annually on 19 June throughout the US, with varying degrees of official recognition, sometimes under the names Emancipation Day or Black Independence Day.

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.

The audio of her new track is as follows : 

(BBC News)

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