Shortly after the release of the classic movie The Lion King, Beyonce shares her latest album, The Lion King: The Gift. The project features voice overs from notable actor James Earl Jones and others, paired with culturally rich tracks from musical acts within the African diaspora. Popular musicians like Mr Eazi, WizKid, Major Lazer, and Burna Boy can be found on the project and if you haven’t heard the album as of yet, please do. In “Brown Skin Girl”, Blue Ivy gives us a sweet, yet welcoming introduction as she sings along with SAINt JHN.
“Brown skin girl
Skin just like pearl
Best thing in the world
I’ll never trade you for anybody else”
The song’s message is filled with love, representation, and celebration of the black woman. This song, along with many other tracks featured on Beyonce's album has sparked a resurgence of confidence and pride amongst women of color. Many took to social media to share their feelings about the track. Lupita Nyong'o, who's referenced in the song, has one of the best reactions by far. Watch it down below.
“Pose like a trophy when Naomi walk in
She need an Oscar for that pretty dark skin
Pretty like Lupita when the cameras close in
Drip broke the levee when my Kellys roll in.”
As a dark-skinned woman, I can attest to the struggles faced in a generation still learning to fully accept and embody darker-hued women. The joy felt listening to this song is indescribable. It's a song that immediately evokes emotions of warmth, acceptance, and appreciation. Celebrating the very skin that was once shamed and ridiculed is empowering and lives as another reminder to uplift not only my particular shade but every shade of brown.
Listen to "Brown Skin Girl” below.