Beyonce, an American singer and songwriter, has come through with the visuals for ‘Brown Skin Girl’, a track off ‘The Lion King: The Gift’, her 2019 album.
Beyonce announced the release of the project, featuring Wizkid, Nigerian singer, Blue Ivy Carter, her first daughter with Jay-Z, and Saint JHN, when she appeared on Good Morning America on Monday.
During the show, she said the video was inspired by her quest to further amplify blacks, particularly black women.
“It was so important to me in ‘Brown Skin Girl’ that we represented all different shades of brown,” she said.
“We wanted every character to be shot in a regal light — Jenn Nkiru came up with the black debutantes. It was important that we are all in this together and we’re all celebrating each other.
“My greatest inspiration comes from black people, specifically black women.”
The less than 7-minute video sees Beyonce crooning about the uniqueness of black identity, examining its various strengths.
“Oh, have you looked in the mirror lately?/ Wish you could trade eyes with me ’cause/ There’s complexities in complexion/ But your skin, it glow like diamonds/ Pigment like the earth, you be giving birth/ To everything alive, baby, know your worth,” she could be heard singing with Wizkid and others further adding gloss to the lyrics.
The video also features Naomi Campbell, an actress, Lupita Nyong’o and Kelly Rowland, Beyoncé’s fellow Destiny’s Child.
The track has been a sensation since its release, snagging several awards and spurring the hashtag #BrownSkinGirlChallenge on social media.
Watch the colourful video below:
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