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Danielle Brooks Releases New Single Titled “Black Woman” & It’s Exactly What We Needed

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.”

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Danielle Brooks On Size Discrimination In The Fashion Industry: “I Haven’t Been Giving The Opportunity To Wear Big-Named Designers”

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Actress Danielle Brooks has made sure to keep busy since stealing the hearts of million from her breakout role as Tasty on ‘Orange Is The New Black’ and doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon as she recently launched her own clothing collection with plus-size inclusive brand Universal Standard.

Brooks admits that despite her success in Hollywood, she has been discriminated by fashion designers for her curvy figure.

In a recent interview with Vogue, Brooks said, “I haven’t been given an opportunity to wear these big-name designers, it has never been an option whether I had a stylist or didn’t. A lot of people won’t design for me, no matter how many SAG awards, Tony nominations, Grammy wins; it doesn’t matter.”

While certain fashion designers may not recognize Brooks’ worth, Brooks admits that there are some designers like Christian Siriano, who designed her dress for her first SAG Awards, who are making a real effort to be inclusive. Brooks also reveals that she decided to partner with Universal Standard so she could design pieces she’s always dreamed of wearing.

“I remember my first SAG Awards I wore this dark blue dress by Christian Siriano and a girl recreated that entire look for her prom,” she says. “I thought, ‘Yes! It matters.’ I want women in huge numbers to feel motivated and feel like they are beautiful, but even if it’s just one [person], then my job is done.”

In the meantime, Brooks hopes that fashion designers will make it their mission to design for women of all shapes and sizes. “I think they’re trying, but they can go harder and we should not be easy on them,” says Brooks. “I don’t think we should pat anybody on the back for [doing] something they should’ve done 30 years ago.”

Brooks points out how necessary it is for designers to expand their sizing — not just for her, but for the younger girls looking for fashion role models.

And Brooks is thrilled that, through her campaigns for Lane Bryant, she has been able to be that role model, up on billboards in Times Square and hopes that it ignites a change in the industry that is truly needed.

OITNB’s “Taystee” Joins The Cast of “The Color Purple” on Broadway

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We already can’t get enough of her and Danielle Brooks just gave us another opportunity to bask in her greatness. The “Orange is the New Black” star will join the talented cast of “The Color Purple” on Broadway beginning this fall.

Produced by none other than, Oprah Winfrey, Brooks will play Sofia in the musical. She will grace the stage with talents such as Jennifer Hudson, who will play songstress, Shug and British actress Cynthia Erivo who will lead the show as Miss Celie.

Danielle Brooks is widely known for her role as “Taystee” in the Netflix hit show “Orange is the New Black” which will launch its third season June 12 (15 days to be exact. Not that we’re counting or anything).

Tickets for “The Color Purple” go on sale July 2, 2015 and performances will begin November 9, 2015.