We still live in a society that tries to convince us Black Women that we are undesirable, and unattractive; that we are not the definition of beauty. For example, the London School of Economics evolutionary psychologist, Satoshi Kanazawa, in 2011, published a series of graphs on Psychology Today, using “science” to “prove objectively that Black women are far less attractive than White, Asian, and Native American women.” Or take Dr. De Silva, a physician from Harley Street, used ancient Greek beauty ratio Phi, to “scientifically” determine what makes a beautiful face and then came up with a list of famous women who adhered to that formula. Unsurprisingly so, Black women did not make the cut. Such studies are not only offensive, but they are blatantly racist. Or a more recent case in which students at Pretoria High School protested racist hair policies enforced by the high school. And, if we were to believe these studies and policies, the takeaway message would be that Black women are inherently ugly and we know that’s not true!
Yet, despite these disparaging studies, Black women still find positive, authentic, encouraging, and accurate representations of the diversity that lies in Black beauty and Black womanhood. These places that we go to find such representations counter the negative messages, and assure us that our Black is indeed beautiful. This is why I created a playlist to inspire and uplift me; to remind myself of my queendom, and to silence all of the haters (whenever I hear or read about degrading, derogatory, and false information in regards to Black women).
Take a look below for some songs that you can also add to your own Black woman empowerment playlist:
- Brown Skin – LaDonnis
So many flavors, how can I lose? You underused and underappreciated
You’re already tan, but if you need a vacation, call me. I know you been stressed out, they keep stealing your style. They keep leaving you out off TV screens and magazines.
…I see your influence baby, you do it…me baby girl I’m in love with your brown skin
- Complexion – Kendrick Lamar feat. Rhapsody
12 years of age, thinkin’ my shade too dark, I love myself, I no longer need Cupid
Enforcin’ my dark side like a young George Lucas,
Light don’t mean you smart, bein’ dark don’t make you stupid
…Call all the brothers magnificent, call all of the sisters queens
- Fly girl get em’ – Bj The Chicago Kid
But I just yell “fly girl get ’em”, Go ahead, assassinate ’em
I just say “fly girl get ’em, Get ’em, get ’em”
Go ahead and make your way
- Brown Skin – India Arie –
Brown skin, you know I love your brown skin
I can’t tell where yours begins, I can’t tell where mine ends
Brown skin, up against my brown skin, Need some every now and then (oh hey)
- So Beautiful – Robert Glasper Verison
I think that it’s important that women know actually how beautiful they really are.
Despite everything that’s going on in the world these days.
When it comes to women and how they feel about the way that they look and how men think about them and what they think men expect of them. I don’t think that that truly matters at the end of the day. Because the only thing that truly matters is how you see yourself.
- The Beauty Within – Dead Prez
Still your beauty is a natural mystic
Indigenous strong cheekbone from your lineage
Not what the mainstream image is
- Happy to be me – Angie stone
As we grow, live and know, some things were never meant to be
Just like people they come and go, some will live forever and some will never know
That’s why God gives us memories to leave us to our victories
I’m so happy loving me
- You gotta be – Des-Ree
You gotta be bad, you gotta be bold, you gotta be wiser
You gotta be hard, you gotta be tough, you gotta be stronger
You gotta be cool, you gotta be calm, you gotta stay together
All I know, all I know, love will save the day
- Strength, Courage, and Wisdom – India Arie
Strength, courage and wisdom
It’s been inside of me all along
Strength, courage and wisdom
Inside of me
- Black Queens – S’Quire
You are bold, live, articulate and cute
Kind and quintessential, unique and elegant too
Everything that I need, Baby, you are a queen
- Ms. Natural – Brown Audio – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_G7tvJAzI7o&list=RD_G7tvJAzI7o#t=23
Only thing, magazines have black queens distorted
Flipping through the pages and feeling less gorgeous
And she know she bad, but society’s to blame
…She said we came too far to be going backwards
But she ain’t stressing, she don’t need a relaxer
What are some of the songs that you like to listen to that uplift and inspire you?