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Happy Mother’s Day, everyone!  This is not only a day to celebrate biological mothers but to celebrate all the women who had a hand in raising us: grandmothers, aunts, cousins, mothers of our friends…any female who helped nurture and raise the people we are today.  So, check out some of the videos on the next few pages for our Mother’s Day e-playlist!

What’s your favorite memory of you and your mom or motherly figure?

“A Song For Mama” – Boyz II Men

I tell you, Boyz II  Men could sing to me my Sallie Mae loan bill and I’d be convinced that I’d have to pay them immediately, forgetting that deferment or forbearance existed. They sounded, as a quartet, like pure perfection.  So when Soul Food came out and they had the lead single with “A Song For Mama,” it made sense. A beautiful tribute!

“Dear Mama” – Tupac

“There’s no way I can pay you back but my plan is to show you that I understand…you are appreciated.” Isn’t that how so many of us feel about our mothers and motherly figures as we become adults?  Tupac opened up about his relationship with his mom which included how much he put her through whenever he’d get into some serious trouble.  It certainly tells how we never realize what we may put our parents through until we’re much older.

“Sadie” – R. Kelly

First, let’s give credit where its due: this song was originally recorded and released by The Spinners back in the day.  Mr. Kelly remade it in a dedication to his mom who passed from cancer in 1993. He was very close to his mom and you can clearly hear the emotion that was put into this song.

“Hey Mama” – Kanye West

One of the more recent “mother” songs, this track can be found on Kanye’s Late Registration album that came out in 2005.  The funny part: he actually made the song way before he even became famous as a rapper. I guess he always knew he’d make enough to get her all the things they couldn’t afford when she was raising him.  After his mom Donda passed in 2007, he performed the song at every show on his Glow In The Dark tour. Sadly, he hasn’t been the same since he lost her. Beautiful song!

“I’ll Always Love My Mama” – The Intruders

Doesn’t this make you want to do one of those steps that all the groups of yesteryear used to do?  This is an oldie but goodie and not only do you play it specifically on Mother’s day, but you can always hear it at somebody’s summer bbq!

“All That I Got” – Ghostface Killa

Do you remember the first time you heard this song?  First, I couldn’t believe that Ghostface made a song this heartfelt; sure, he comes across as a bit of an emotional guy but I never expected this from him. Second, I thought it was one of the more honest songs I’d heard because this was his truth.  I also knew people who could directly relate to it.  Living was hard but Ghost’s mom figured out a way to take care of the family and keep them together.

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