Madonna marks Stonewall 50th anniversary with anthem ‘I Rise’
Madonna has released “I Rise,” a new track marking the 50th anniversary of the LGBT+ rights movement. The queen of pop revealed the track from upcoming album Madame X on Friday (May 3). In a press release, she explained that the track is dedicated to marginalised groups, as the world prepares to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall riots, considered the birthplace of the modern gay rights movement. Madonna said: “I wrote ‘I Rise’ as a way of giving a voice to all marginalised people who feel they don’t have the opportunity to speak their mind. “This year is the 50th anniversary of Pride and I hope this song encourages all individuals to be who they are, to speak their minds and to love themselves.”
The track begins by sampling Emma González, the 19-year-old bisexual gun control activist who survived the 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. González can be heard saying: “[They say] us kids don’t know what we’re talking about, that we’re too young to understand how the government works. We call BS!” The track also references French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre with the lyrics: “Freedom’s what you choose to
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