Here’s the Hidden Meaning Behind Beyoncé’s ‘Black Parade’ and Its Symbolic Release Date

She’s back with another trending song and upcoming visual album. Until Black is King premieres, fans are listening to Beyoncé’s surprise song, titled “Black Parade.” Here’s our look at Beyoncé’s latest single, the meaning behind this song, and the significance of its release date. 

Donald Glover, Beyonce Knowles-Carter, and Chiwetel Ejiofor attend the World Premiere of Disney's 'The Lion King'
Donald Glover, Beyonce Knowles-Carter, and Chiwetel Ejiofor attend the World Premiere of Disney’s ‘The Lion King’ | Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney

Beyoncé premiered ‘Black Parade’ on Juneteenth

This artist isn’t afraid to let her voice be heard. She turned Coachella into a historic homecoming celebration, complete with a predominantly black orchestra. She debuted her album, The Lion King: The Gift, inspired by Disney’s photo-real film and the music and culture of Africa. 

Recently, she dropped a single, surprising and delighting cans across the United States. To celebrate and encourage the Black Lives Matter movement, Beyoncé dropped a surprise single during June 19, titled “Black Parade.” Within a matter of days, the song on Spotify earned over 11 million plays. 

“‘BLACK PARADE’ celebrates you, your voice, and your joy and will benefit Black-owned small businesses,” Beyoncé shared on Instagram. In her Instagram bio is a link where fans can sign up and support the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act.

The premiere date of this single is pretty significant

Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Liberation Day, and Emancipation Day, is celebrated on June 19. It’s a day for celebrating the emancipation of slaves in the United States. Beyoncé was, of course, aware of this when she premiered “Black Parade.” 

“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,” Beyoncé captioned one of her Instagram posts


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This wouldn’t be the first time Beyoncé featured and celebrated the Black community — She earned the BET Humanitarian Award

Beyoncé isn’t fighting for equality alone. Once she earned the 2020 BET Humanitarian Award, Beyoncé addressed fans worldwide and the work currently being done by the Black Lives Matter movement. 

“Your voices are being heard and you’re proving to our ancestors that their struggles were not in vain. Now we have one more thing we need to do to walk in our true power—and that is to vote,” Beyoncé said. “I’m encouraging you to continue to take action, continue to change, and dismantle a racist and unequal system. We have to continue to do this together, continue to fight for each other.”

Beyoncé often works to uplift the Black community though, as the artist recently announced her visual album, titled Black is King, featuring the music of The Lion King: The Gift. Black is King premieres exclusively on Disney+ on July 31. Until then, fans can listen to The Lion King: The Gift and single “Black Parade” on streaming platforms like Spotify, Apple Music, and Tidal.