Learn English vocabulary to talk about the news. Singer 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.
0:00 – Introduction
0:50 – The story
1:42 – Headline 1: Beyonce Drops Surprise Juneteenth Jam “Black Parade” to Spotlight Black-Owned Businesses
3:12 – Headline 2: Beyonce Releases Surprise Benefit Track for Juneteenth, Accompanied By Curated List of Black Businesses
5:14 – Headline 3: Beyonce surprises fans with a new song called ‘Black Parade’ in honor of Juneteenth weekend
6:54 – Language summary
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.
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.
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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