Danielle Brooks has taken her talents from the small screen to the studio.
The ‘Orange Is The New Black’ actress has released a brand new song titled “Black Woman.” The empowering track was co-written and produced by Anthony Ramos and Will Wells. The inspiration behind “Black Woman” came in the form of a single question from one of Danielle’s friends.
“So, I wrote this with two of my friends and one of them asked me if I could talk about anything I wanted to without a filter, what would that be?” she tells BuzzFeed. “And for me, it was the experience of being a Black woman. I decided to write this song, without any filters, of my journey as a Black woman in America.”
In the song, Danielle criticizes women of other races wanting black features without walking in the shoes of a black woman, particularly a dark-skinned black woman. She also talks about how society brainwashes black women into believing that “as they are” is not good enough.
“You want my thighs, you want my stride, but not this melanin. You want my hair, but you don’t care for this complexion. I’m a black woman,” she sings. “The world tells me there is space for me if I cinch it up and I sew it in. The world tells me it’ll all be mine with some lashes on and some lighter eyes.”
Danielle Brooks hopes to empower black women to feel like they could take over the world and let them know that they ARE good enough. I have listened to the full song and even with a 4-minute track, it wasn’t long enough for me. That’s how powerful and incredible this song is.
“I want black women to feel empowered by this song,” Danielle says. “I want them to feel on top of the world. I want them – when they’re home, and they just had the worst day of their life, or just had the best day of their life – to play this song and feel like they could take over the world.”