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Black Queen's 'Black and Proud' a timely reminder

Published:Saturday | February 28, 2015 | 2:00 AM

It may be considered a timely reminder at the close of Black History Month as entertainer Black Queen's single, Black and Proud, echoes sentiments of "pride, self-worth and love for one's self."

The entertainer believes that messages like these ought to be spread among black people so that they can be proud of who they are and not fall into the trap of believing in the definition of beauty according to some popular cultures. She says it is clear that such reminders are necessary based on what is happening in today's society.

"When you look at things like bleaching, that has become a popular part of our culture, preference and desires for a lighter complexion, and even with what we witnessed the other day during the recent Miss World pageant with Kaci, where there was an obvious bias in how the winner was selected, I think if we don't change course and begin to look beyond certain prejudices, we are definitely heading down a road of destruction."

In the song, Black Queen questions, "What is this I'm witnessing in life, a black man telling a black girl she's too dark to be his wife? ..." and later, "him guh find himself a brownin an a pure modelling ... a nuff a uno mek woman guh bleach out dem skin."

According to Black Queen, "The message I'm trying to get across is for black people to love themselves, know who you are, where you're coming from and where you're going."

Black Queen, who has new releases like, Love You From Long Time, which she describes as "a very passionate love song", and WATA, "which has a sexy, jazzy flavour on the BQ Production", is getting set to head to Canada for two weeks to do some promotional shows. A cancelled tour of Africa last November is also being rescheduled.

In the meantime, locally, she says, "I'm having my birthday party on March 27 called 'Dark & Lovely', and a prize will be awarded to the darkest lady with the most self-confidence. There will also be prizes for the lady with the nicest personality. This will be at my club, 'The Spot', in Tower Isle, St Ann."