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“Freedom” is a song recorded by American singer Beyoncé featuring American rapper Kendrick Lamar for her sixth studio album, Lemonade (2016). The song was written by Jonny Coffer, Beyoncé, Carla Marie Williams, Dean McIntosh and Kendrick Lamar; it contains samples of “Let Me Try”, written by Frank Tirado, performed by Kaleidoscope; samples of “Collection Speech/Unidentified Lining Hymn”, recorded by Alan Lomax in 1959, performed by Reverend R. C. Crenshaw; and samples of “Stewball”, recorded by Alan Lomax and John Lomax, Sr. in 1947, performed by Prisoner “22” at Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman. Its production was handled by Beyoncé, Coffer and veteran hip hop record producer Just Blaze. Upon its release, “Freedom” managed to appear on various music charts. It peaked at number 35 in the US, on the Billboard Hot 100 and 40 in the UK. The song’s music video is part of a one-hour film with the same title as its parent album, originally aired on HBO. Beyoncé performed the song live as part of the set list of The Formation World Tour (2016) and at the BET Awards 2016. It received a nomination for Best Rap/Sung Performance at the 2017 Grammy Awards. more “
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Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter (born September 4, 1981) is an American singer, songwriter, record producer and actress. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, she performed in various singing and dancing competitions as a child, and rose to fame in the late 1990s as lead singer of R&B girl-group Destiny’s Child. Managed by her father, Mathew Knowles, the group became one of the world’s best-selling girl groups of all time. Their hiatus saw the release of Beyoncé’s debut album, Dangerously in Love (2003), which established her as a solo artist worldwide, earned five Grammy Awards and featured the Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles “Crazy in Love” and “Baby Boy”. more “
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Beyoncé released a new video for her Lemonade track, “Freedom,” yesterday, in honor of International Day of the Girl. In it, girls from around the world lip-sync and dance to the song in the fiercest and strongest way possible (à la Queen Bey).
As they perform, statistics on violence against girls and pleas for freedom pop up around them. “End all forms of violence against girls. Put all girls in school. End the AIDS epidemic. End child marriage,” one portion reads. “Girls around the world are fighting for their freedom every day. Join them,” a message at the end of the video says.
“Today is #DayoftheGirl. Girls around the world are fighting for their freedom every day,” Bey captioned the video on Facebook. “Join me, Chime for Change and The Global Goals by taking action for #FreedomforGirls now.”
The clip was done in partnership with Chime for Change, a campaign raising funds and awareness for women and girls around the globe, and The Global Goals, which tackles issues including poverty, hunger and education. The video is the latest of Beyoncé’s charitable acts, following her remix of “Mi Gente,” whose proceeds will be donated to hurricane and earthquake victims in Mexico, Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands.
Watch the video below and feel inspired.
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In case you were wondering who run the world, it’s still Beyoncé.
International Day of the Girl took place on October 11 and Beyoncé marked the event by unveiling a new video for her 2016 Lemonade song, “Freedom.” Having previously represented girl power in her hit anthem “Run the World (Girls),” this comes to no surprise—she’s always been all about female empowerment.
The 36-year-old Queen Bey took to Facebook to share the video, along with a short message to mark the importance of the day.
“Today is #DayoftheGirl. Girls around the world are fighting for their freedom every day,” she wrote. “Join me, Chime for Change, and The Global Goals by taking action for #FreedomForGirls now: www.globalgoals.org/dayofthegirl.”
She also shared a short teaser on Instagram, along with a message in her caption to encourage viewers to donate to help the cause.
Support girls around the world to realize their dreams. For more information and to make a donation go to: www.globalgoals.org/dayofthegirl
The video was produced by Chime for Change and The Global Goals, and was promoted with the hashtag #FreedomForGirls. Clips in the video featured young girls lip-syncing to the song alongside a series of disturbing statistics, including the following: 71 per cent of human trafficking victims are female, one in four girls will marry as a child, 130 million girls are out of school, and so forth.
Towards the end, viewers are challenged to help girls fight for freedom, and are encouraged to “share the film and tell us what #freedomforgirls is to you.” The video has over 2.7 million views on YouTube since its release.
Beyoncé Released a Music Video for Her Song “Freedom” On International Day of the Girl
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ICYMI, yesterday was International Day of the Girl, and many celebrities and brands took the chance to speak out about the truly dismal conditions-including child marriage, sex trafficking, genital mutilation, and lack of access to education to name a few-that millions of girls around the world are faced with. Beyoncé, never one to miss an opportunity to remind everyone who run the world (remember her pregnant Grammys performance?), dropped a powerful new music video for her Lemonade track, “Freedom,” and called for support for The Global Goals #FreedomForGirls initiative, which aims to end all forms of violence against girls.
In the video, girls from around the world are shown lip-syncing and dancing to Bey’s lyrics with evident frustration. The song is catchy (obvs) and the girls are badass, but it’s not meant to be a feel-good music video. Clips are captioned with depressing stats, like that every five minutes a girl dies of violence, that one in four girls gets married as a child, and that 63 million girls have undergone female genital mutilation.
With #FreedomForGirls, The Global Goals is setting out to change those stats by aiding other organizations’ important missions. The twelve partnerships include Unicef’s fight against violence, Equality Now’s efforts to end sex trafficking, and One’s mission to bring girls in poor countries better education. (Related: Young Girls Think Boys Are Smarter, Says Super-Depressing Study)
The empowering song, paired with disturbing facts of what girls are up against, had us feeling all the feels-plus it’s a convincing call to action. If you’re inspired to back Beyoncé up and help girls fight for their freedom, you can share the video and donate through The Global Goals website.
- By Renee Cherry @reneejcherry