Leave it to Beyoncé to give us some Black hair love while breaking the Internet. Queen Bey dropped a surprise new single honoring Juneteenth Friday (June 19) night. The song, “Black Parade,” is a whole celebration of Blackness — from our strength and spirituality to entrepreneurship and our ability to overcome, well, just about everything.
“‘BLACK PARADE’ celebrates you, your voice, and your joy,” Beyoncé wrote on Instagram. The song, she said, will also benefit Black-owned small businesses.
And in the midst of giving us a banging bop to add to our protest playlists AND support all-Black everything, she encouraged us to go back to our roots — literally — while singing:
"F*ck these laid edges, I'ma let it shrivel up
F*ck this fade and waves I'ma let it dread all up"
Yes, we made the song about hair. Because, right now, everything about Blackness is political, including our hair.
We rocked afros in the 1970s as a political statement showing pride in, and refusal to erase, our heritage. And today, the resurging natural hair movement has grown from trend to lawsuits and legislation to make discrimination against our hair illegal.
So, whether you are blow-out, press-and-curl queen, swear by frontals, or only rock kinks and protective styles, we encourage you not to let it define you or hold you back from taking charge — especially in this moment of civil unrest.
Besides, as, Bey says:
“Put us any-damn-where, we gon' make it look cute.”
Press play below to listen to the entire song and click here to check out Beyonce’s Black-owned business directory.