Music Mood Board: A Love Note to Black Women

Well, there is still no justice for Breonna Taylor. On Sept. 23, six months after her killing in Louisville, the Kentucky grand jury announced the charges in her case, confirming that only one officer, Brett Hankison, has been charged with three counts of wanton endangerment in the first degree. The decision came as a result of Brett firing 10 errant bullets that hit a wall of a neighboring apartment. The other two cops involved have been cleared.

This is gut-wrenching, to say the least. Not only have these officers evaded any consequence of taking another person's life after failing to correctly and responsibly do their job, but the sole charge puts value on property over a Black woman. It's sickening, it's inhumane, and it's dehumanizing. Frankly, I don't have it in me to fully dissect how wrong this is. I've already explained how I feel about the current climate in this country. Right now, all I want to do is tell Black women that regardless of the system's lack of regard for us, we do matter, we are valuable, and we're more than worthy of love and respect. This week's Music Mood Board features four songs I'm dedicating to my fellow beautiful Black women.

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"Black Girl Magik" by Sampa the Great feat. Nicole Gumbe

The name of the song says it all. Sampa the Great and Gumbe join forces to sing the praises of Black women and their power, saying, "I can feel it in the air / It's so strong is like a magnet / You would think that God is here."

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"Almeda" by Solange Knowles

Solange celebrates Black culture and strength in this track from her powerful 2019 album, When I Get Home. "Black faith still can't be washed away," she croons.

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"Rooted" by Ciara feat. Ester Dean

This song is an anthem for Black women everywhere as Ciara highlights the inherent royalty of her melanated sisters. "A queen since she born that was evident," she says. "That's evidence of Black excellence."

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"Blk Girl Soldier" by Jamila Woods

On this track, Woods calls out the hypocrisy of fetishizing Black culture without respecting Black people. She then commends revolutionary Black women throughout history — including Rosa Parks, Ella Baker, Angela Davis, and Sojourner Truth — to underscore forward-thinking activists who played pivotal roles in the fight for social justice. "See she's telepathic / Call it Black girl magic," Woods says.