Beyoncé Sparks Empowering #BrownSkinGirlChallenge

Beyoncé X 'Spirit'
Photo Credit: Beyoncé

Beyoncé‘s new soundtrack The Lion King: The Gift, is already shaping up to be the gift that keeps on giving. After dropping her “love letter to Africa” late last week along with the stunning visuals to “Spirit,” the diasporic soundscape has been on repeat all weekend for most of the beehive.

[SEE ALSO: Beyoncé Serves Black Hair (And Fashion) Magic In Visuals For New Single ‘Spirit’]

One song, in particular, though, has also sparked an epic #BrownSkinGirlChallenge. “Brown Skin Girl” featuring WizKid is an ode to dark-skinned women, celebrating the beauty and power of “melanin too dark to shade” and our “nappy curls.”


The track opens with her and Jay Z‘s seven-year-old daughter Blue Ivy singing a capella with rhythmic handclaps by SAINt JHN.

“Brown skin girl/ your skin just like pearls/ the best thing in the world / I’d never trade you for anybody else.”

In it, Beyoncé shouts out her musical sister Kelly Rowland along with Naomi Campbell and Lupita Nyong’o. Lupita, herself, was too thrilled, taking to social media to thank Bey (and dance) to the new tune.

She wasn’t the only overjoyed with this celebration. Women and girls of all hues from around the world have taken to Twitter to show off all of their melanated magic and Black girl joy.

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Stephenetta (isis) Harmon

isis is a music, hair and communications junkie. she is a Black beauty editor; founder of Sadiaa, the premiere beauty directory for women of color, and editor for HypeHair.com.