Jamila Woods’ “Blk Girl Soldier” references #BlackGirlMagic, “deja vu of Tubman” and the constant dismissal of black women and their struggles regardless of their constant support.
The video shows the Chicago singer, songwriter and poet wearing a shawl made of hair beads and a bandolier with hair rollers in the place of shot gun shells. She then goes on to name women that played an integral role in black empowerment over the decades, including Rosa Parks, Ella Baker, Angela Davis and Assata Shakur.
“The goal of the ‘Blk Girl Solider’ video is to lift up the Black women throughout history and today who inspire me and who are doing brilliant artistic and activist work. Knowing my history and what my people have survived before me has made me stronger,” Woods told Complex.
Don’t be surprised if you find her voice familiar, after featuring with Chance the Rapper on multiple songs and appearing in Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ “White Privilege II”, but “Blk Girl Soldier” serves as a glimpse into what she can prove while standing alone in the forefront. Well, not alone because she clearly has the support of her fellow black women seen in the end of the video.
Watch the full video below.
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