But wow. On the dawn of Black History Month, Brooks dropped her first single, "Black Woman," and oh, my did she come out swinging! After hearing her single and watching the video, I was shook! As I always do when something or someone intrigues me, I had to go research her background. It turns out, she's a Julliard graduate. *gasp* Her talent runs deep! I had no idea! She's amazing!
In several interviews, Brooks says the song represents her experiences as a black woman in America. So, after gathering myself and calming down from her Grammy-level performance and cinematic-feel of her video, I had to go listen again because the first time, I was too astounded by the vibe and rhythm to pay attention to what she was actually singing about.
I was not disappointed.
The lyrics to her song are powerful, yet disturbing, encouraging, yet unnerving. This is 2019. Why are black women still being made to feel less than when every life needle points to black women being more than?
An obvious anthem for black women, this song is both riveting and inspiring in that it pulls into light attributes that the world says are our flaws, yet that same world will damage their bodies and sometimes risk their lives to replicate and appropriate who and what we are. But even more empowering, "Black Woman" celebrates the resilience of black women, which I am positive is the reason for the overflowing aquatic symbolism. Water is resilient.
I am here for it!
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