10 Songs That Make You Proud To Be Black

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Umi Says Mos Def

This song, like so many on the list, draws on the sankofa principle. Drawing inspiration from the past to excel in the future. Umi means mother and it’s from this place that Mos Def finds his motivation to shine and press forward.  In this heartfelt track Mos Def expresses his yearning to not only shine as an individual, but for his people to succeed as well.

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