Taking Black History Month on the Road

This weekend, my 17-year old and I are driving 2 ½ hours downstate to help celebrate my grandmother’s 95th (wow!) birthday.  Since I have done a fantabulous job raising my daughter, she smartly suggested that each of us make a playlist to help pass the time in the car.  Brilliant!

I have a suspicion my daughter’s list is going to be all country music.  To combat that, I have decided to embrace Black History Month with a playlist of some of my favorite songs from black artists.  The only hard part about compiling the list was keeping it to our arbitrary 1 ¼ hour time limit.

I believe in my heart that I was meant to have been born a black woman with a beautiful strong voice.  My mother says that even as the whitest baby you have ever seen, my little un-rhythmic baby self tried to bop to The Jackson 5.  Alas, I am rather freckly with not the slightest trace of a discernible key in my voice.  That doesn’t mean I don’t recognize good music when I hear it, though.

I hope you enjoy this list as much as I plan to.  I haven’t told my daughter about my theme- it’s going to be a surprise for her!

• “Fallin’” – Alicia Keys
• “Sweet Love” – Anita Baker
• “I Gotta Feeling” – Black Eyed Peas
• “Put Your Records On” – Corinne Bailey Rae
• “Tightrope” – Janelle Monáe
• “Used to Love U” – John Legend
• “Shine” – John Legend and The Roots
• “Homecoming” – Kanye West
• “Milkshake” – Kelis
• “Tell Me You Love Me” – Leela James
• “Superstar” – Lupe Fiasco
• “American Boy” – Estelle feat. Kanye West
• “I Try” – Macy Gray
• “Just Fine” – Mary J. Blige
• “You Are Not Alone” – Mavis Staples
• “Heart of a Champion” – Nelly
• “Roman’s Revenge” – Nicki Minaj and Eminem
• “Give Me the Night” – Quincy Jones, feat. Jamie Foxx
• “Love That Girl” – Raphael Saadiq
• “Heaven Help Us All” – Ray Charles and Gladys Knight
• “Dear God 2.0” – The Roots
• “Kiss From a Rose” – Seal
• “Better Things” – Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings
• “Family Affair” – Sly & The Family Stone
• “Life is Better” – Q-Tip feat. Norah Jones
• “I Like the Way You Move” – Outkast

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