Jamila Woods Honors Black Women In "Blk Girl Soldier" Video
Singer, songwriter and poet Jamila Woods released the visuals to her song “Blk Girl Soldier” today. The empowering track, which comes from her forthcoming solo debut Heavn, has Woods front and center before panning out and showing two black girls by her side.
The video celebrates not only black girlhood but historically important black women, with references to Rosa Parks, Assata Shakur and Harriet Tubman in the song’s lyrics.
“I wanted to celebrate the power and resilience of black women but also highlight the importance of allowing space for more quiet, vulnerable moments where we can refuel ourselves and each other,” Woods told Complex. “The goal of the ‘Blk Girl Soldier’ 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.”
It’ll be good to finally get a proper debut from Woods. Most of us have gotten to know the Chicago artist through her contributions on other artist’s work, including fellow Chicagoan Chance The Rapper (Coloring Book‘s “Blessings“); Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment‘s “Sunday Candy” from Surf; and Macklemore and Ryan Lewis‘ “White Privilege II.” But “Blk Girl Soldier” gives us a better glimpse at what Woods hopes to achieve with Heavn.
“The project is still very much in progress, but a major theme is affirmation,” Woods explained to us in an interview. “An affirmation is a declaration that something is true. A lot of times affirmations are used to speak things into existence. “Blk Girl Soldier” declares that black girl lives matter. It speaks to the resilience I have seen in black women around me and that I hope to manifest in myself. A lot of other songs on the project attempt to conjure my dreams or beliefs into existence in a similar way.”
The album is set to drop at the end of June on Closed Sessions, but if you happen to live in Chicago you can go to her album release party on June 23 at the Double Door.