For Colored Boys

The other day, I was thinking about all the commentary surrounding “For Colored Girls” concerning the negative images of black men in film.     The last film I saw that was a poignant depiction of black men and their struggles was “Nothing But A Man” (supposedly Malcolm X’s favorite film).  Even though it was made by two Jewish men, it was still honest and very touching .  Check it out.  I do hope to see a film in the 21st Century about the struggle, resilience and healing of black men. 

In my own little way, I wanted to show some love to my brothers.   I have been so blessed to be surrounded by some wonderful black men in my life from my grandfather, uncles, male friends, my father and my current Boo.   These are my top 10 songs of female artists paying homage to loving, strong and committed black men.   Feel free to show some love to the positive men in your life by sharing this post.  Enjoy! 🙂

1.) Orange Moon- Erykah Badu (Honorable Mentions: Solider & Other Side of the Game)

2.) Fact Is (I Need You) – Jill Scott (Honorable Mention: He Loves Me)

3.) Giving You the Best That I Got-Anita Baker

4.) No One Else- Amel Larrieux

5.) Natural Woman- Aretha Franklin

6.) I Found My Everything- Mary J. Blige

7.) Love Letters (He Wants Me To Win)-Nakia Henry (Thanks Phil for the heads up! 🙂 )

Listen here.

8.) Love Is You- Chrisette Michelle

9.) The Truth- India Arie (Honorable Mention: Good Man)

10.) Love Me Still- Chaka Khan

Not in MY top ten, but how could I be remiss for not mentioning “Brotha” by Angie Stone.  Enjoy! 🙂


    • I knew someone was going to call me out for excluding “Brotha”. However, I am going to be honest with you. As much as I love Angie Stone and as much I love the positive message of the song, it just isn’t one of those songs that really appeal to me. The songs that I listed really strike a chord with me from their lyrics to the arrangements. However, I guess I could have given the song a “honorable” mention. 🙂

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