Having our own anthems isn’t necessarily something we truly consider having when we’re just living life. But when you think about it, we’re all superheros in our own right and deserve a theme that represents who we are or even who we wish to be in the future.
And that starts with a solid, uplifting musical affirmation that promotes self-love and care is a good place to start. Here’s 5 black women self-love anthems (by black women, of course!) you should add to your morning playlist.
Affirmation: “You can’t fill an empty heart with designer clothes / Can’t hide a ugly soul with a fire pose.”
This is the “love yourself as you are” anthem. New York native Junglepussy encourages you to get up, open the blinds, and let the sun shine on you today. No sun out or life’s a little heavy at the moment? Now’s the perfect time for you to be the bright light in the world.
Affirmation: “You can’t love nobody else, if you don’t love you (oh)/
Can’t expect nobody’s help, if you don’t want to do the work.”
This is the “get up and get it done” anthem. Whether you’re going through a hard breakup or are having a hard time accomplishing career goals, rapper and producer Baby Tate reminds us all that you can overcome any obstacles in life as long as you put in the work.
Affirmation: “Would anybody listen at all/ If I don’t parade in a bra, only to get my point across? / I don’t always think about boys.”
This is the “male attention isn’t everything” anthem. In a world where women are encouraged to make appealing to men their focal point, singer Ego Ella May encourages us not to forget that there are bigger issues and interests to give our time and energy to.
Affirmation: “You’re my favorite. Ain’t no basic love around here, baby.”
This is the “self-love is romantic love” anthem. Oftentimes, the way we show love and care to others is a direct reflection of the way we love ourselves. Singer Demae says a “basic” love will no longer do— so love yourself and others with your whole mind, body, and soul.
Affirmation: “I plant my seeds and water them so they grow / I shine my light so I can reap what I sow.”
This is the “on my way up” anthem. Sometimes we just need the confirmation and affirmation that we’re on the right path. Niambi Sala and Thandiwe of Oshun used this track to create both a safe space and a mantra for those of us working to glow up in life.