*New York, NY –– Danielle Brooks, who star’s in the critically acclaimed and Award-winning series Orange Is The New Black, today released her debut single, “Black Woman.”
The GRAMMY Award-winner from The Color Purple brings her soulful and thoughtful voice to the original song. Playing homage to the power of being a beautiful, strong black woman, the R&B/Soul track song has a universal message about overcoming self-doubt and celebrating the peace we all find when we accept ourselves for who we are.
“This song was inspired by one simple question, ‘If you could tell any story you wanted, without playing it safe, what would it be?,” says Danielle. “For me, that answer was simple. I would tell the story of what it’s like to be a Black Woman. I think there are too many filters on the black woman’s experience. We don’t talk enough about how our mind, body and soul is not considered enough in this world. With all that we endure, this song is a melodic celebration of how beautifully resilient and indestructible we are as black women. If you want to feel empowered or empower this song is for you.”
In the moving, accompanying music video, directed by Brooks, she evokes an emotional and enigmatic performance complements her incredibly rich and soulful voice. The video will be released in the coming weeks and below is a teaser.
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An accomplished artist, singer and song writer, Danielle received her BFA from the prestigious Julliard School and received a TONY nomination in 2016 for “Best Featured Actress in a Musical” for her performance in The Color Purple. Upcoming, Danielle is an Executive Producer on Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations will begin performances on Broadway on March 21. The forthcoming seventh and final season of her Emmy-nominated Netflix dramedy Orange Is The New Black will premiere later this year. Danielle most recently was at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival for the premiere of her film “Clemency” staring Alfre Woodard. In 2018, Danielle teamed up with the newly relaunched plus size fashion retailer Fashion to Figure as their first ever Brand Ambassador as part of their #InclusionRevoultion campaign. Brooks is on the Artistic Board of Urban Arts Partnership, which advances the intellectual, social and artistic development of underserved public school students through arts-integrated education programs to close the achievement gap.
Brooks co-wrote the song with Will Wells (Logic, Barbra Streisand, Wu Tang Clan, Wyclef Jean) and Anthony Ramos (TONY and GRAMMY Award-winner from Hamilton, A Star Is A Born). “Black Woman” is produced by Whole Team Winnin’.
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