World songstress Beyoncé hit us with a surprise release in the tail hours of Juneteenth. Titled “Black Parade,” this song serves as an anthem of Black pride and helps fill the gap of the missing physical parades that would normally occur in celebration of Juneteenth.
Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, Emancipation Day, and Liberation Day, “marks the day when federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas in 1865 to take control of the state and ensure that all enslaved people be freed. The troops’ arrival came a full two and a half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth honors the end to slavery in the United States and is considered the longest-running African American holiday” [history.com].
Released only four days ago, “Black Parade” already boasts a whopping 2 million views on Beyoncés YouTube channel alone.
“I’m goin’ back to the South. I’m goin’ back, back, back, where my roots ain’t watered down. Growin’ like a Baobab tree. Of life on fertile ground, ancestors put me on game. Ooh, goin’ up, goin’ up, motherland, motherland drip on me. Ooh, melanin, melanin, my drip is skin deep. Hold my hands, we gon’ pray together. Holy river, holy tongue. Speak the glory, feel the love.” – Beyoncé – Black Parade
“Black Parade” was co-produced by Derek Dixie and written by Blu June, Brittany Coney, Worldwide Fresh, Derek Dixie, Kaydence, Caso, JAY-Z, and Beyoncé herself.