Songs to Inspire and Uplift Black Women

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2Pac “Keep Ya Head Up”

“And since we all came from a woman
Got our name from a woman and our game from a woman
I wonder why we take from our women
Why we rape our women, do we hate our women?
I think it’s time to kill for our women
Time to heal our women, be real to our women”

Don’t let “How Do U Want It” and “Toss It Up” fool you, everyone knows Tupac Amaru Shakur had a soft place in his heart for the plight of the African-American woman. He’s a man, so they don’t proclaim their true feelings very often like that. But when Pac did, he add all eyes and ears on him as he spoke ever so poetically. In “Keep Ya Head Up,” Pac throws inspirational words in the direction of single mothers, including his own mother, as well as women being beat down emotionally and physically by the men that should be protecting them.  Using the reassuring chorus from the classic Five Stairsteps hit “O-o-h Child (by the way, do you remember it in Crooklyn when Troy left her cousin in Atlanta?),” it’s definitely one for the fed up black woman looking for that extra push to keep going.

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