If you thought Beyoncé did it all, you’re not wrong.
Whether you’re an active member of the Beyhive or not, you’ve probably heard that Beyoncé released a surprise song on Friday to commemorate Juneteenth, otherwise known as the day that enslaved people in the United States were emancipated following the Civil War.
In an Instagram announcement, Beyoncé unveiled her new song ‘Black Parade,’ writing in her caption ‘I hope we continue to share joy and celebrate each other, even in the midst of struggle.’
What makes this song so special—other than the meaning behind it and the day it was released—is something that she mentioned at the very end of her post. She wrote ‘“BLACK PARADE” celebrates you, your voice and your joy and will benefit Black-owned small businesses,’ and directed people to click the link in her bio for more information. What could it be? Concert tickets, or even better, a new album??
Actually, it brings users to something better—her BeyGOOD website outlining Black Business Impact Fund, which she says will be ‘administered by the National Urban League to support Black-owned small businesses in need.’ It’s basically a beautiful plethora of small, black-owned businesses you can support, with everything you could ever need from art and design to restaurants and beauty.
Oh, didn’t you know Beyoncé has her own website outlining ways to give back to the black community? Duh, this is Beyoncé we’re talking about.
Her organization, BeyGOOD, is a philanthropic initiative that lays out the different areas she has and continues to donate money to, from certain areas of the world to specific days like Women’s Day or Mental Health Awareness. Most recently, she has two new posts dedicated to both George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, listing charities and petitions you can sign to get involved.
Yeah, and you thought you couldn’t love Queen B any harder.
So, the next time you open Spotify, turn on Beyoncé’s new song—not only because it’s a total bop—but because it’s supporting an amazing cause. While you’re at it, consider finding a black-owned business or two to contribute to. Just remember whoever you choose, Beyoncé has probably supported them already…and that should be reason enough.