The Soundtrack: Our Stories Through Song

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February 9, 2012 ‐ By

Music is important to all people; but this fact becomes particularly pertinent when you’re talking about black people. As a “race” who have had to endure some of life’s worst hardships, many times, creating, listening to or dancing to music has been our only escape. I’m convinced that without music, quite a few of us wouldn’t be able to cope. Music is therapeutic. So in honor of uplifting and inspiring ourselves, here’s a list of songs that do just that. This list is in no way exhaustive. In fact it’s a continuation of a list I created last year about this time. Check out the original list and be sure to add your suggestions in the comments section below.

1. “Ain’t No Stopping Us Now”- McFadden and Whitehead

I know we’ve got a long long way to go, yeah
And where we’ll end up
I don’t know
But we won’t let nothing hold us back
We gonna get ourselves together
We gonna polish up our act, yeah
And if you’ve ever been held down before
I know that you refuse to be held down any more…

Last year, one of our readers suggested I include this song on the list. They were so right, I can’t believe I forgot it. I mean, this song was so popular and so moving that people began to refer to it as the new “Black National Anthem.” There’s so much passion and hopefulness behind the delivery, that you can’t help but be encouraged.

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  • Ifuaskme2

    How do you leave out Soundtrack of my life from Deemi? Damn! Isn’t that the tile of the article?

  • Kimcp3j3733333377

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  • Chocolatehoneydip

    Keep on Moving  Soul II Soul

  • http://twitter.com/Normally_Weird driven

    hearing black gold for the first time was def a lifter! no matter how old you get, being black in the world can get frustrating. her song was a sweet uplifting reminder that we are black gold!

  • Liish

    Esperanza Spalding + Algebra Blesset = Amazing! I’m loving Black Gold.

    • Kimuullllooo8

      My friend just met a chocolate man on Blackwh’itemeet.COMit’s where for men and women looking for interracial’ship for a fabulous lifestyle
      It’s a nice place for black white sing’les, to interact with each other…no bounds or extremes in front of true love.

  • FromUR2UB

    I’d never heard ‘Black Gold’, but I really enjoyed the music on it. 

    What about EWF’s ‘Shining Star’?
    ‘High on Sunshine’ by The Commodores
    ‘Family Affair’ by Sly and the Family Stone
    ‘Hot Fun in the Summertime’ Sly and the Family Stone
    ‘Move on Up’ by Curtis Mayfield
    ‘People Get Ready’ by Curtis Mayfield and The Impressions
    ‘I’ll Take You There’ The Staple Singers
    ‘Respect Yourself’ The Staple Singers

  • Gz1342

    No songs from Tupac??

  • Sugar_Spice

    The first song I thought of when reading the headline to this article was “Ooh Child”. I’m so happy you put this on the list.

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