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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.”

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Blue Ivy Carter Becomes One Of The Youngest Grammy Nominees For ‘Brown Skin Girls’

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Blue Ivy Carter Becomes One Of The Youngest Grammy Nominees For ‘Brown Skin Girls’

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Updated December 14, 2020.

We’ve called her an entrepreneur, a singer, a BET Award winner and now we’re here to her a Grammy nominee.

Blue Ivy Carter is officially a Grammy-nominated artist.

Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s 8-year-old daughter was nominated for her role in the song “Brown Skin Girl.” The young artist appeared in the video alongside her mother and WizKid, according to the Grammys website.

“Brown Skin Girl” became lauded as an anthem of positivity for the natural beauty of Black and brown girls. The nomination makes Blue, who turns 9 in January, one of the youngest nominees in history, according to Billboard.

Blue Ivy, daughter of Beyoncé and Jay-Z, also added “audiobook narrator” to her resume this fall. Recently, the Hair Love author Matthew A. Cherry announced on Twitter and Instagram that the singer’s oldest daughter will narrate his children’s book’s new audio version.

With his announcement Cherry, shared a short clip of Blue’s voice, in which she introduced the book and herself.

Hair Love is being narrated by Blue Ivy Carter.

In the audio clip shared by Cherry, the young singer can be heard introducing the book. “Dreamscape presents Hair Love, by Matthew A. Cherry,” she says. “Narrated by Blue Ivy Carter.”

Hair Love is a story originally written by Matthew A. Cherry and published on May 2, 2019. Soon after its release, the book was turned into a short animated film won the Oscar for Best Animated Short Film at this year’s ceremony. Cherry worked as a writer and co-director of the short animated film which follows the story of a Black father who learns how to do his daughter’s hair while his wife is staying in a hospital.

“I liked the idea of something that was centered around a Black family, because so often you don’t see that in animation,” Cherry, a former professional football player, told the Los Angeles Times about his book.

In his acceptance speech at the Academy Awards, Cherry said that he created Hair Love “we wanted to see more representation in animation — we wanted to normalize Black hair.”

Speaking about her daughter’s success, Beyoncé recently told British Vogue that she and her daughter love to share in each other’s accomplishments.

“When I tell her I’m proud of her, she tells me that she’s proud of me and that I’m doing a good job. It’s teeeeeew much sweetness,” Beyoncé said. “She melts my heart. I believe the best way to teach [my kids] is to be the example.”

In the interview, the singer shared that Blue Ivy’s birth was what actually inspired her to pursue the elevation of Black voices.

“From that point on, I truly understood my power, and motherhood has been my biggest inspiration. It became my mission to make sure she lived in a world where she feels truly seen and valued. I was also deeply inspired by my trip to South Africa with my family,” she explained.

The Hair Love audiobook is currently available now on Amazon.com.

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Kenyan-Mexican Actress Lupita Nyong’o Stars In Beyoncé’s ‘Black Is King’ Trailer

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Kenyan-Mexican Actress Lupita Nyong’o Stars In Beyoncé’s ‘Black Is King’ Trailer

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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 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 recently teased the release of her forthcoming film, Black Is King with a new trailer starring Lupita Nyong’o and Naomi Campbell.

According to Vanity Fair, Beyonce’s film Black Is King was shot in cities across the globe including South Africa, London, West Africa, New York, and Los Angeles. It also stars Black actors, activists, and musicians including Lupita Nyong’o, Naomi Campbell, Kelly Rowland, and Queen Bey’s husband Jay Z. All of them make quick appearances in the new trailer. Tina Knowles-Lawson, Pharrell Williams, and Aweng Ade-Chuol and Adut Akech also star.

Speaking about the film, in a post to her Instagram page, the artist explained that the film has taken on a new meaning in light of recent events.

 “The events of 2020 have made the film’s vision and message even more relevant, as people across the world embark on a historic journey,” she wrote in the post. “We are all in search of safety and light. Many of us want change. I believe that when Black people tell our own stories, we can shift the axis of the world and tell our REAL history of generational wealth and richness of soul that are not told in our history books. With this visual album, I wanted to present elements of Black history and African tradition, with a modern twist and a universal message, and what it truly means to find your self-identity and build a legacy.”

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