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Sunday, June 21, 2020 11:00am ET by Pressparty
Beyoncé drops surprise song 'Black Parade' for Juneteenth holiday
Beyoncé has dropped a surprise new track titled, 'Black Parade'.
The 38-year-old superstar released the song on Tidal to celebrate Juneteenth holiday - a national holiday honoring the end of slavery in the United States.
Beyoncé 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.
"'BLACK PARADE' celebrates you, your voice and your joy and will benefit Black-owned small businesses. Click the link in my bio to learn more."
The song's release comes as she released the 'Black Parade Route' - a directory of Black-owned businesses that's powered by the National Urban League.
The singer-songwriter wrote on Beyonce.com: "BLACK PARADE ROUTE. Happy Juneteenth. 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."
While Beyoncé teamed up with rapper Megan Thee Stallion for the 'Savage' remix in April, 'Black Parade' is her first new solo music since her work on The Lion King album last year.
The singer and activist has been vocal about the Black Lives Matter movement, recently calling for action over the death of Breonna Taylor. She also shared a letter on her official website which she sent to Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron [read here], asking for the officers involved in the shooting of the 26-year-old EMT to be criminally charged.
Breonna was shot dead while sleeping in her apartment in March, with her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, claiming three Louisville cops had walked in with a no-knock search warrant, making him assume they were intruders. Gunfire broke out, with over 20 shots fired - including eight at his sleeping partner. Beyoncé has urged for criminal charges to be brought against the three cops involved in the incident.
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