Erykah Badu 

One of the many images I was able to shoot of Erykah Badu for Black Girls Rock. It was the second time I had the opportunity to work with Ms. Badu and she is always amazing to create with. 

Shot by Erik Umphery

Womanist Mixtape

I created a Spotify playlist “Womanist Mixtape” of some of my favorite songs that empower, inspire, are righteous rage, Black power, vulnerable, confident, loving, romantic/sensual/sexual, friendship, fun and more. Some are on specific topics such as domestic violence and labor, for example. This isn’t me labeling the artists; they can self-identify. These are songs that speak to Black women/femme lived experiences and the knowledge obtained from them. These are songs that make me happy, and joy is an aspect of my womanism; “wholeness of entire people…” and such.

Songs in initial playlist:

  1. “Respect” - Aretha Franklin
  2. “Control” - Janet Jackson
  3. “U.N.I.T.Y.” - Queen Latifah
  4. “Q.U.E.E.N.” - Janelle Monáe
  5. “I’m Every Woman” - Chaka Khan
  6. “Ladies First” - Queen Latifah ft. Monie Love
  7. “Electric Lady” - Janelle Monáe ft. Solange
  8. “I’m Every Woman” - Whitney Houston
  9. “***Flawless” - Beyoncé
  10. “Milkshake” - Kelis
  11. “Nobody Knows When You’re Down and Out” - Bessie Smith
  12. “Alright” - Ledisi
  13. “Closer” - Goapele
  14. “Didn’t Cha Know” - Erykah Badu
  15. “Work Song” - Nina Simone
  16. “Ghetto Woman” - Janelle Monáe
  17. “Workin’ Woman Blues” - Valerie June
  18. “Bitch Better Have My Money” - Rihanna
  19. “Money Money” - Lady Saw
  20. “She Works Hard For The Money” - Donna Summer
  21. “Lost Ones” - Lauryn Hill
  22. “Independent Women” - Destiny’s Child
  23. “Bossy” - Kelis
  24. “Queen of The Pack” - Patra
  25. “Conceited” - Remy Ma
  26. “Run The World (Girls)” - Beyoncé
  27. “She’s A Bitch” - Missy Elliott
  28. “Many Moons” - Janelle Monáe
  29. “Cold War” - Janelle Monáe
  30. “Sally Ride” - Janelle Monáe
  31. “Superpower” - Beyoncé
  32. “Strange Fruit” - Nina Simone
  33. “No More Auction Block For Me” - Sweet Honey In The Rock
  34. “Brotha” - Angie Stone
  35. “To Be Young, Gifted and Black” - Nina Simone
  36. “Greatest Love of All” - Whitney Houston
  37. “Be Real Black For Me” - Roberta Flack ft. Donny Hathaway
  38. “Rhythm Nation” - Janet Jackson
  39. “My People” - Erykah Badu
  40. “Unpretty” - TLC
  41. “Pretty Hurts” - Beyoncé
  42. “Don’t Take It Personal” - Monica
  43. “Love Is Blind”  - Eve
  44. “Love Don’t Love You” - En Vogue
  45. “Single Ladies” - Beyoncé
  46. “Ex-Factor” - Lauryn Hill
  47. “Tyrone” - Erykah Badu
  48. “Not Gon’ Cry” - MJB
  49. “No Scrubs” - TLC
  50. “Irreplaceable” - Beyoncé
  51. “Houng Dog” - Big Mama Thornton
  52. “You Can’t Play With My Yo-Yo” - Yo-Yo ft. Ice Cube
  53. “Roxanne’s Revenge” - Roxanne Shante
  54. “Hit ‘Em Up Style (Oops)” - Blu Cantrell
  55. “My Lovin’ (Never Gonna Get It)” - En Vogue
  56. “Why Does It Hurt So Bad” - Whitney Houston
  57. “Sittin’ Up In My Room” - Brandy
  58. “How Can I Ease The Pain” - Lisa Fischer
  59.  “Unbreak My Heart” - Toni Braxton
  60. “I Care” - Beyoncé
  61. “Deep Sea Diver” - Angel Haze
  62. “Epiphany (I’m Leaving)” - Chrisette Michele
  63. “Dirty Laundry” - Kelly Rowland
  64. “Caught Out There” - Kelis
  65. “Shotgun” - Valerie June
  66. “What’s Love Got To Do With It” - Tina Turner
  67. “Man Down” - Rihanna
  68. “A Rose Is Still A Rose” - Aretha Franklin
  69. “Golden” - Jill Scott
  70. “I Will Survive” - Gloria Gaynor
  71. “***Flawless” (Remix) - Beyoncé ft. Nicki Minaj
  72. “Feeling Myself” - Nicki Minaj ft. Beyoncé
  73. “Towards The Sun” - Rihanna
  74. “Sing To The Moon” - Laura Mvula
  75. “Diamonds” - Rihanna
  76. “Masterpiece (Mona Lisa)” - Jazmine Sullivan
  77. “Let’s Talk About Sex” - Salt-N-Pepa
  78. “Oops (Oh My)” - Tweet
  79. “Blow” - Beyoncé
  80. “One Minute Man” - Missy Elliott ft. Ludacris
  81. “Worker Man” - Patra
  82. “Love Me Thru The Night” - Diana King
  83. “Rocket” - Beyoncé
  84. “Push It” - Salt-N-Pepa
  85. “Rain” - SWV
  86. “Work It” - Missy Elliott
  87. “Veins” - Jazmine Sullivan
  88. “Last Days” - Goapele
  89. “Kissing You” - Total
  90. “If” - Janet Jackson
  91. “Keep On, Keepin’ On” - MC Lyte ft. Xscape
  92. “I’m Your Baby Tonight” - Whitney Houston
  93. “Count On Me” - Whitney Houston ft. CeCe Winans
  94. “What About Your Friends” - TLC
  95. “Best Friend” - Brandy
  96. “Best Friends” - Missy Elliott ft. Aaliyah
  97. “That’s What Friends Are For” - Dionne Warwick ft. Gladys Knight
  98. “Together Again” - Janet Jackson
  99. “Next Lifetime” - Erykah Badu
  100. “Heaven” - Beyoncé
  101. “Open My Heart” - Yolanda Adams
  102. “Order My Steps” - GMWA Women of Worship
  103. “Long As I Got King Jesus” - Vickie Winans
  104. “Black Synagogue” - Angel Haze
  105. “What Is Love” - V. Bozeman
  106. “A Long Walk” - Jill Scott
  107. “Lions, Tigers & Bears” - Jazmine Sullivan
  108. “Dangerously In Love” - Beyoncé
  109. “Love Me Today” - Zhané
  110. “For Real” - Amel Larrieux
  111. “Other Side Of The Game” - Erykah Badu
  112. “Gloomy Sunday” - Billie Holiday
  113. “Can’t Live Without Your Love” - Janelle Monáe
  114. “Sending My Love” - Zhané
  115. “It’s A Pity” - Tanya Stephens
  116. “I Wanna Be Down” - Brandy
  117. “Yoga” - Janelle Monáe 
  118. “Escapade” - Janet Jackson
  119. “Dance Apocalyptic” - Janelle Monáe
  120. “Get Me Bodied” - Beyoncé

I’ve seen similar playlists in the past so I don’t seek to steal anyone’s thunder, but I cannot find them; I have too many “likes” on Tumblr to find stuff anymore. Womanists/Black feminists, feel free to reblog and write songs (below my text, as to not confuse people with what is already on the list) that you think I should add and I’ll consider; this playlist is just a start; I just made it today. 

Black music is everything to me.❤

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Salute to artist Steven Lopez, another talent worthy of your support!

After Midnight Soul:
Erykah Badu
Aretha Franklin
Chaka Khan
Tina Turner
Lauryn Hill
Jill Scott
India Arie
Minnie Riperton
Alicia Keys
Sade

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