6 Songs That Every Black Girl Needs To Hear

BY: - 12 Jun '13 | Parenting

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6 Songs Black Girls Need to Hear

I’m a father of four. The three youngest are girls. Every now and then I’ll pull out the laptop and do my own form of music education. We’ll take an electronic stroll through the classics and some of my favorite songs and artists that made great music, in what seems to be a forgotten era.

Here on BMWK we’ve run a list of songs for both men and women, but we’ve never done a list exclusively for our children. That changes today. With the help of our Facebook family we’re happy to present 6 Songs That Every Black Girl Needs To Hear. Check out our list that begins on the next page then let us know what you think about it.

6 Songs Black Girls Need to Hear


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  • http://www.wholeheartlocal.com Phoebe

    This is an interesting idea! A few of the songs, I didn’t know – so it was an enjoyable tour through music appropriate to young people.

    For a future compilation, you might consider Doo Be Doo by world music group Freshly Ground: http://www.rdio.com/artist/Freshlyground/album/Nomvula/track/Doo_Be_Doo/


  • http://facebook ode

    Lift Every Voice and Sing is a song that every child should learn.

  • Tonya

    Don’t forget Mary Mary’s “Little Girl”. Lyrics excerpt: Little girl/trying to fit in/’cuz you don’t look like/all your other friends” and chorus goes “Little girl, little girl/God made you so beautiful/little girl, little girl/I just thought that you should know”

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  • k(Black)

    Cool list. I’d like to suggest two more songs:
    1. I love my hair: sesame Street sing along
    2. BabyFather: Sade

  • Krystle Stewart

    I loved the list! I would add Yolonda Adams’s “The Battle is the Lord’s”. Whenever I feel overwhelmed I listen to this song and remember.

  • Mrs. Z

    I was surprised to not see “You Gotta Be…” By Des’ree, Lamar.
    Sample lyrics:

    *You gotta be

    *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”

    What parent doesn’t want their girl to be all these things??
    Thanks for sharing Will add yours to my list for my girls

  • Doris

    A lot of these so FS need to be heard by little black boys too. They need to learn at an early age how precious the little black girl is, as well as, instill self pride

  • marcus alford

    Our children are growing so fast these days, partially because of our lack of family structure, moreover, rearing the child in the way they should go with values beyond what the t.v., internet, and peers teach them. However, I encourage each parent to evaluate the music they listen to in the car with their children or any young impressionable mind in your prescense. If the child has already reached an exposure level of hearing the degrading music our community most often promotes, and you see that they have already turned that corner, I would suggest these positive yet ‘edgeee’ life changing songs. I render this unto you, GOODIE MOB ‘BEAUTIFUL BLACK SKIN’ circa 1996, COMMON SENSE AND LAURYN HILL ‘RETROSPECT OF LIFE’ , COMMON ‘THE LIGHT’ , J. COLE ‘CROOKED SMILE’

  • the girl

    A few of these songs are for little Black Christian girls only. I would make adaptations to allow for alternative spiritual perspectives. But the other choices were rather inspirational.

  • Anonymous

    you could do a whole album i love all those songs… i have my own playlist how did you narrow it down to just 6?

  • Latoya Lawson

    What a wonderful list. Thanks for thinking of our little girls Lamar. Another song which can be added is by an artist who never had her chance to shine. “Can’t Play Me”, by Jamie Knight. It’s about respecting yourself and placing value on who you are.

  • PhilK

    Any plans on doing a list for little black boys? It seems like the more we focus on girl empowerment, the more boys are being pushed in to the background. Fair is fair.

  • Tonya

    I thought it was 6 songs – why can’t everyone just relax and embrace the songs for what they are worth…. every song has a message but the flavor of days gone by get right to the point and call a spade a spade. Stop looking for corrections and just enjoy.

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