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Blue Ivy Carter Won The Ashford & Simpson Songwriter’s Award At The Soul Train Awards For Co-writing The Hit “Brown Skin Girl”

Blue Ivy Carter won the Ashford & Simpson Songwriter’s Award at the Soul Train Awards for co-writing the hit “Brown Skin Girl” with her mother Beyonce Knowles Carter. When your parents are some of the greatest living entertainers and artists in the country, winning a songwriting award at 7 years old is almost to be expected. 

The prodigal daughter of Jay Z and Beyonce sings on the open and closing of the track that also features the artists Wizkid and Saint Jhn. 

Blue was also just nominated for a Grammy Award.

While the family did not show up to receive their reward, “Brown Skin Girl’s” win might be just the first of many. The Lion King: The Gift which features the song and was produced by Beyonce received a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Vocal Album. 

However, “Brown Skin Girl” was snubbed in favor of a different song from the album, “Spirit” which was nominated for two Grammys including Best Solo Performance and Best Song Written For Visual Media. The “Hold Up” singer was also nominated for Best Music Film for the Netflix documentary Homecoming. 

Beyonce is the most nominated female artist in Grammy history with 70 nominations and 23 wins. Jay Z has 22 wins and 77 nominations. Thus, it was almost inevitable that Blue would be joining the ranks of her parents, perhaps no one expected it would be so soon. 

Danny Schwartz of Rolling Stone said The Lion King: The Gift, “celebrates African diversity by inviting artists to toggle between English and their native tongues, from Swahili to Twi to Bambara to Yoruba. As a tribute to Africa, it compares favorably to Kendrick Lamar-helmed Black Panther soundtrack.”

“Brown Skin Girl” is an ode to black women everywhere.

The award-worthy single pays homage to black women by name dropping the likes of Lupita Nyong’o, Naomi Campbell, and Kelly Rowland. When Beyonce created a soundtrack for the CGI Lion King reboot, she took an unconventional approach to most pop artists and created an album of entirely new music inspired by blackness and Africa.  

The Gift follows the plot of the film but also serves the dual purpose of giving form to Beyonce’s approach to personal songwriting. The album stands by itself while mirroring the narrative beats of The Lion King. 

“Took everything in life, baby, know your worth. I love everything about you, from your nappy curls to every single curve,” Beyonce sings. 

Blue sings along with Saint Jhn on the opening of the track. Brown skin girl, “Singin’ brown skin girl. Your skin just like pearls. The best thing in the world I never trade you for anybody else, singin’.” 

While the family is largely private and little can be discerned about their real-life personalities, People magazine did manage to detail some insight about what Blue is like. 

“She is very sassy, high energy and knows what she wants,” a source told People. “Especially after the twins [two-year-olds Sir and Rumi] were born, Beyoncé made sure that Blue was able to embrace her new role as a big sister. She also lets her go to video shoots, award shows and music recording. They have a very special bond!”

The same source said that Blue, who is attending second grade at private school has an affinity for the arts like her parents. 

“Of course both Beyoncé and Blue love music. Blue loves singing, dancing and performing. She is a natural,” the source said. 

“Brown Skin Girl” becomes a social media movement.

According to Oprah Magazine, “Brown Skin Girl” spawned a social media movement called the #BrownSKinGirlChallenge. Women of color shared videos and selfies to proudly flaunt their melanin. 

“Pose like a trophy when Naomis walk in, she need an Oscar for that pretty dark skin,” one user wrote, quoting the song lyrics for the challenge. 

Beyonce diligently tried to find the best artists in Africa in order to make The King: The Gift sound authentic. 

“This soundtrack is a love letter to Africa and I wanted to make sure we found the best talent from Africa and not just use some of the sounds or did my own interpretation of it,” Beyonce said in the interview withGood Morning America. “I wanted it to be authentic to what is beautiful to the music in Africa.”

To create the album’s unique sound Beyonce incorporated a ton of drums but also blended African beats with American production. 

“We’ve kind of created our own genre and I feel like the soundtrack is the first soundtrack where it becomes visual in your in your mind,” she explained. “The soundscape is more than just the music because each song tells the story of the film.”

A Brand-New Visual Beyoncé Album Is Coming to Disney+

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A Brand-New Visual Beyoncé Album Is Coming to Disney+

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Beyoncé Knowles Carter is back to snatch your breath.

The “Homecoming” and “Lemonade” singer revealed she’s ready to drop her next visual experience. That’s right “Black Is King” is coming straight to you from Beyoncé on Disney+. Based on the music from The Lion King’s The Gift soundtrack, Beyoncé has promised a virtual album written, produced, and directed all by her.

The best part? It’s due to debut in just a few weeks on July 31, 2020.

According to a recent press release from Disney + the visual tells “a tale of a young king’s transcendent journey through betrayal, love, and self-identity.”

“His ancestors help guide him toward his destiny, and with his father’s teachings and guidance from his childhood love, he earns the virtues needed to reclaim his home and throne,” Disney revealed.

“Black Is King is a celebratory memoir for the world on the Black experience,” the statement said. “The film is a story for the ages that informs and rebuilds the present. A reunion of cultures and shared generational beliefs. A story of how the people left most broken have an extraordinary gift and a purposeful future.”

“These timeless lessons are revealed and reflected through Black voices of today, now sitting in their own power,” the statement proceeded. “Black Is King is an affirmation of a grand purpose, with lush visuals that celebrate Black resilience and culture. The film highlights the beauty of tradition and Black excellence.”

“A journey is a gift,” Beyoncé says in a teaser trailer released on her website over the weekend.

According to a report by Variety, Black Is King will feature Blue Ivy Carter, Jay-Z, Childish Gambino, Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell, and others.

Beyoncé’s latest news is all of the confirmation that we needed to know that she’s the queen of relieving our collective COVID-19 anxiety.

The announcement of her latest album comes just on the heels of her surprise drop of the single “Black Parade” on Juneteenth which served to benefit BeyGOOD’s Black Business Impact Fund. 

No doubt Beyoncé has every intention of spreading a whole lot of Black Pride this summer.

Beyoncé Accepts the 2020 BET Awards’ Humanitarian Award From None Other Than Michelle Obama

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Beyoncé Accepts the 2020 BET Awards’ Humanitarian Award From None Other Than Michelle Obama

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Who runs the world?

Arguably it should be Beyoncé and Michelle Obama. Fortunately, last night during the 2020 BET Awards we got a glimpse of what the Black Girl Magic Leaders would look like when the Grammy-award winning artist and the former first lady of the United States took part in celebrating Black excellence.

On Sunday, the former First Lady presented the singer with the show’s Humanitarian Award.

Speaking to audiences tuning into the show via video, the Becoming author introduced the award starting off by saying “I am here today to talk about the queen. You know the one!”

Obama continued to praise Beyoncé recalling how “ever since she was a little girl in Houston, Beyoncé Knowles Carter has been lighting up the stages and gracing the world with her talent with her generosity of spirit, and with her love for her community. You can see it in everything she does, from her music that give voice to black joy and black pain, to her activism that demands justice for black lives.”

Obama used her introduction to also share a few personal anecdotes about Beyoncé including how the singer had re-written her number “Get Me Bodied” for the “Let’s Move” campaign which saw the former first lady at the helm. “Got a whole lot of kids shakin’ it on the dance floor,” Obama recalled noting that as an artist Beyoncé’s is “always turning up, looking out, and making us all a little bigger, better, a little more fierce.”

In an affectionate sign off before presenting the award, Obama finished by calling Beyoncé her girl. “I just want to say, you inspire me. You inspire all of us, which is why I am so proud to name Beyonce the 2020 BET Awards’ Humanitarian of the Year honoree. Congratulations, girl. Love you so much,” she finished.

The award show then showed videos of Beyoncé’s activism over the years.

In a tribute to the singer’s activism, the award show celebrated her acts of charity including her work to help out her hometown of Houston Texas in the wake of Hurricane Harvey and her work to help others through her BeyGood non-profit.

In response to the honor, Beyoncé dedicated her award to Black men and women.

“Thank you so much for this beautiful honor,” Beyoncé replied. “I want to dedicate this award to all of my brothers out there, all of my sisters out there inspiring me, marching, and fighting for change. Your voices are being heard, and you are proving to our ancestors at their struggles were not in vain.”

Beyoncé finished her acceptance speech asking viewers to take action. “Now, we have one more thing we need to do to walk in our true power and that is to vote. I’m encouraging you to continue to take action, continue to change, and dismantle a racist and unequal system…We have to vote like our life depends on it because it does. So please continue to be the change you want to see.”

Closing out her acceptance speech, Beyonce thanked “BET for this honor. It means so much to me, especially coming from y’all. I love you. God Bless you and goodnight.”

Beyoncé wasn’t the only Carter to snag an award at the BETs last night. Her daughter Blue Ivy took home the BET Her Award for her work on “Brown Skin Girl.”

Check out highlights from the big night below!