BY JORDAN STEELE
Black History Month may have passed, but the celebration is never ending. What’s a better way to keep the spirit alive than with a poppin’ playlist. Music has been one of the foregrounds of black culture since the beginning of time. It’s a way for everyone to come together–friends, family, and strangers alike. Here are three songs to inspire your own personal playlist to get your month started off right.
The first song to listen to is “Glory,” by rapper Common and singer John Legend from the 2014 film “Selma” which portrays the story of the Selma to Montgomery marches in the height of the Civil Rights Movement. “One day when the glory comes / It will be ours, it will be ours, sings Legend’s smooth voice. His voice and Common’s chill vibe are the perfect balance to bring all the feels and confidence to get you through your day. You’ll definitely be holding your head up higher after listening to this one.
Next, we have Kehlani’s “Honey.”his song is for all the queer women of color who aren’t afraid of flaunting their most authentic self! It’s basically a love song to herself (or yourself). “‘Cause I’m a beautiful wreck / A colorful mess, but I’m funny / Oh, I’m a heartbreak yet / With a stone-cold neck, yeah, I’m charming.” She celebrates what others may call her flaws, creating a positive energy for herself and for her fans. Her usage of compliment sandwiching is real, too, which makes for interesting transitions and assurance throughout the verses. You’ll feel so good about yourself after listening to this song. Who doesn’t like to be feeling themselves sometimes?
Lastly, this article absolutely could not end without bringing up the soundtrack to the 2018 film “Black Panther.” It features a variety of artists including Kendrick Lamar, The Weeknd, and SZA, so it’s got so much potential to be #LIT. The second song of the album is called “All the Stars,” and it’s sung by Kendrick and SZA. With SZA’s sweet but powerful lyrics and Kendrick’s stripped-down realness, they raise hope to finding and experiencing true love by recognizing real love from fake love.
“Love, let’s talk about love
Is it anything and everything you hoped for?”
“‘Cause maybe the night and my dreams might let me know
All the stars are closer, all the stars are closer, all the stars are closer”
“Corrupt a man’s heart with a gift
That’s how you find out who you dealin’ with.”
This should be enough to get you well on your way to creating your very own poppin’ playlist. Remember: Black History Month may only be officially commemorated during February, but every month is the right time to celebrate where and who you come from.