Beyonce releases new song, “Black Parade”
Beyonce has released her first new song since last summer's The Lion King: The Gift, in honor of Juneteenth. It's called "Black Parade," and it's a celebration of Blackness that references African heritage, the recent protests, Tamika Mallory, Curtis Mayfield, and more, and it's as powerful musically as it is lyrically. Listen below.
The song benefits her new BeyGOOD's Black Business Impact Fund, which supports black-owned businesses. Beyonce writes:
Being Black is your activism.
Black excellence is a form of protest. Black joy is your right.
"Black Parade" benefits BeyGOOD's Black Business Impact Fund,
administered by the National Urban League,
to support Black-owned small businesses in need.
The directory was created and curated by @ZerinaAkers with @black.owned.everything. More info here.
Beyonce also curated a Tidal playlist featuring music by James Brown, Buddy, Gil Scott-Heron, Burna Boy, Bob Marley, Curtis Mayfield, Nipsey Hussle, Solange, Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, Ohio Players, Betty Wright, Lauryn Hill, Bill Withers, Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, and more.
Beyonce recently penned an open letter to Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron, urging him to bring charges against the officers who killed Breonna Taylor. Previously, she hosted a petition on her website to demand justice for George Floyd.
Earlier this year, she appeared on a new remix of Megan Thee Stallion's "Savage."
There's also an extended version of "Black Parade" released as a Tidal exclusive: