A year after releasing music for Homecoming and The Lion King, Beyoncé is gifting fand with a new surprise single. The Grammy Award-winning singer dropped “Black Parade” to commemorate Juneteenth and to raise funds for Black-owned small businesses. Here’s what the song is about and where you can stream it.
Beyoncé’s ‘Black Parade’ will benefit Black-owned businesses
On her website, Beyoncé announced her new surprise single, “Black Parade,” and commemorated Juneteenth. The holiday, June 19, celebrates the emancipation of the last enslaved Americans in the country.
“Happy Juneteenth,” her website reads. “Being Black is your activism. Black excellence is a form of protest. Black joy is your right.”
The song will benefit BeyGOOD’s Black Business Impact Fund, which is administered by the National Urban League. And it will help support Black-owned small businesses in need.
On Beyoncé’s website for “Black Parade,” she shares a directory of Black-owned businesses in the country, including restaurants, fashion brands, and wellness services. The directory was curated by Black Owned Everything founder, Zerina Akers.
What the song is about
On “Black Parade,” Beyoncé pays tribute to her Texas roots, singing, “I’m goin’ back to the South, I’m goin’ back….Where my roots ain’t watered down.”
“Melanin, my drip is skin deep,” she sings. “Motherland drip on me…I can’t forget my history is her-story, yeah. Being black, maybe that’s the reason why they always mad.”
On the track, Beyoncé also honors legend like Malcolm X and Curtis Mayfield. And she encourages listeners to put their “fists up in the air, show black love,” and follow her parade.
Beyoncé shared a clip on Instagram
Beyoncé shared a clip of “Black Parade” on her Instagram page. And along with the sample, she shared a message of hope.
“Happy Juneteenth Weekend!” Beyoncé captioned the post. “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.”
Where you can stream ‘Black Parade’
You can download and stream Beyoncé’s “Black Parade” on Tidal and Spotify. The track is also available on other music streaming services, including Apple Music, Amazon Music, Google Play Music, and Youtube.