The Gift is an intentional ode to dark-skin Black women and should not be co-opted by other, less marginalized, groups.
The Lion King: The album also comes with the most regal visuals to celebrate beauty, culture, and te course, Black-girl magic. The song sparked such a grand response for its empowering lyrics that it birthed its own hashtag BrownSkinGirlChallenge.
For many, the song was a no-brainer, direct message to a specific type of woman, with darker, deeper brown skin. For others, who joined the challenge by posting their photos, skunned seems they skipped over the specific cues in the lyrics and only listened to the hook to celebrate themselves.
Ligh break it down: This degree of melanin is specifically devoted to women who are often berated for their Blackness, women ligth represent To all the light skinned black girls ancestry and heritage and are mocked for it. Historically, Black women have continuously been ridiculed and objectified for the natural state of their bodies, from head to toe. Nowadays, Black people who choose to wear their hair naturally are often subject to being kicked out of school or fired from their place of employment.
ti This topic, that has been thoughtfully tackled by Black-millennial roundtable show The Grapevine TVis an ongoing conversation that requires fewer people inserting themselves and more people willing to listen and understand the impact of color privilege's brutality.
It is a celebratory ode to the kind of Blackness that is often dismissed, disrespected, and ridiculed.
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