Last week, the nation mourned the passing of Congressman John Lewis, the last surviving member of the "Big Six" civil rights icons. As we ponder his legacy and the "good trouble" he caused, it's a heartbreaking realization that Black people are still fighting for the right to just "be." This is one of the reasons we're feeling B. Golden's new song entitled "Skin."
Built upon a rhythmic arrangement fueled by a driving bass line, funky guitar and emotive strings, "Skin" is a thought-provoking message that also happens to be a true R&B groove. Golden enlists the help of talented friends Conya Doss and Sunny Jones to create a memorable song. He starts by giving listeners the perspective of a Black man and the everyday reality that he must face. Ms. Doss follows with a soulful verse that will surely resonate with Black women.
The chorus underscores the song's theme as they sing, "Tell me what you see / When you look at me / Why can't you love me from within? / All you see is sin / Please don't judge my skin." After B. and Conya trade words of affirmation and support, Sunny comes through with poignant bars to remind us of our skin's beauty and resilience, rapping, "It just might get me killed, but still I feel being Black is a blessing."