6 Inspiring & Uplifting Songs for African American Children

For as long as I can remember I have loved music. When I was supposed to be doing chores like cleaning my bathroom - I'd be singing instead. It usually went like this: walk into bathroom, close door, cut on radio: "Oh! I LOVE THIS SONG", 2 hours later my mom knocks on the door and discovers her child has gotten caught up in the rapture...of music. Music is truly a universal language, one that speaks to me deeply. In fact if you follow me on instagram I posted a video of a recent "night of song" I had with one of my BFF's David. We have these nights often and recently decided to share them with the "masses".

In any event the songs below have always inspired me to reach higher, do better and have helped to shape my outlook on life. I was introduced to each of them as a child and they definitely aided me in developing my self-confidence and I believe that any child that's exposed to them will feel the same.

1. One Moment In Time 

You're a winner for a lifetime If you seize that one moment in time Make it shine

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b68AkJtjdPs

2. Black Butterfly

Trumpets, violins, and lyrics like:

Black Butterfly, sailed across the waters tell your sons and daughters what the struggle brings Black Butterfly, set the skies on fire rise up even higher so the ageless winds of time can catch your wings

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I87wCxykxyE

This song can shift the atmosphere...think I'm kidding? Play it for yourself. 

3. When You've Been Blessed (Pass It On)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yC3Aj6S-uNY

4. Do You Know Where You're Going To 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3uatcJqt54

5. Man In The Mirror

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pEQAie8ABLE

6. The Glow 

Listen I LOVED this movie. Not only was Bruce Leroy my 80's crush- damn you to hell Vanity, but I briefly considered studying the art of karate.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6CkrEpYmBIQ

Singing:

Well, when you reach that upper level Your mind body and soul will be one Hah! It's a sacrifice It takes hard work It's a way of life

When you got the glow You feel the one When you got the glow Your body's gold So don't let go Of the power of elevation

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What songs inspired you as a child, leave a note in the comments!