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Session 148

Beyonce released a new song titled 'Black Parade' on Juneteenth – Friday 19th June – the anniversary of the end of slavery in the USA. She also announced a project by the same name to support black-owned businesses. Neil and Georgina look at the vocabulary in the news around this story.

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News Review

Beyonce: Juneteenth song released

Juneteenth falls on Friday 19th June and is the anniversary of the end of slavery in the USA. Beyonce chose this day to release a new song titled 'Black Parade' and announce a project of the same name that will support black-owned businesses. The song includes very powerful lyrics about black history, police brutality and the George Floyd protests.

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The story

Beyonce released a surprise new song on Friday just because she can because she is Beyonce. She’s released a surprise new song titled Black Parade, shortly after announcing a project by the same name to support black-owned businesses. Beyonce chose Juneteenth, a holiday celebrated in America to mark the official end of slavery, and she released the track on this day. So the song is called Black Parade. It includes very powerful lyrics about black history, police brutality and the George Floyd protests.

Key words and phrases

spotlight
draw attention to an issue

  • The football star helped to spotlight child poverty.
  • The actor was in the spotlight after winning an Oscar for her debut film.

benefit
describes something which raises money for a cause

  • The star organised the benefit track for victims.
  • The benefit match raised millions for climate change

in honor (or: honour) of
to show admiration or respect for someone or something

  • The prize was given in honor of the writer.
  • A statue was put up in honor of the activist.

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