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Beyoncé Drops Surprise Song ‘Black Parade’ To Benefit Black-Owned Small Businesses On Juneteenth

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Beyoncé has pulled “a Beyoncé” yet again—and it comes with a powerful message and purpose.

On June 19—also known as Juneteenth which is the holiday commemorating the effective end of slavery in the United States that has taken on a deeper meaning in 2020 in the midst of calls for racial justice and recognition that Black lives matter—the superstar surprise-dropped her new song “Black Parade,” as well as an extended, five-minute-plus version exclusively on TIDAL.

The track was co-written and co-produced by Bey herself and marks the first new music from the singer since her contributions to last year’s Lion King companion album The Gift. The song’s message is not only meant to empower the Black community, but will also directly benefit Black-owned small businesses.

Beyoncé shared a message celebrating Juneteenth Weekend—deciding to extend the June 19 holiday in a powerful move—and explaining more on the song’s purpose on her website:

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Facebook commits $200 million to Black-owned businesses and organizations

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  • Facebook on Thursday announced it will commit $200 million to Black-owned businesses and organizations.
  • Facebook will also commit to increase the representation of people of color in the company’s leadership positions by 30%, including 30% more Black people, COO Sheryl Sandberg said.

Facebook on Thursday announced it will commit $200 million to Black-owned businesses and organizations.

“The past few weeks have compelled us to confront the reality of violence and injustice which members of the Black community face on a daily basis,” Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg wrote in a post announcing the company’s initiative. “We have shared words of support for our friends, colleagues and communities. We need to take action as well.”

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BLACK-OWNED STEM COMPANY LANDS PARTNERSHIP WITH THE NFL

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According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, employment in STEM occupations grew at a much more rapid pace than non-STEM occupations over the last decade: 24.4% vs 4%, respectively. STEM occupations are projected to grow by 8.9% from 2014 to 2024, compared to 6.4% growth for non-STEM occupations.

Shaon Berry, the CEO of Metro Esports, is well-aware of these trend lines and is using his company to bridge the gap for students looking to understand the importance STEM education will play in their futures.

Metro Esports is a digital, social, mobile, and live-event management agency and LAN gaming/training center, headquartered just outside Philadelphia. Known for innovative production, creative thinking, and inclusive market-driven strategies, Metro Esports engages a broad and diverse audience of technology and gaming enthusiasts.

Read more @ Black Enterprise

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