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CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 04: Recording artist Beyonce performs during a Get Out The Vote concert for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton at Wolstein Center on November 4, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. With less than a week to go until election day, Hillary Clinton is campaigning in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan. (

On Monday (Aug. 24), Beyonce released the video to her single “Brown Skin Girl.” In the video, a  young Black girl walks down the street wearing a turquoise dress. The same girl is then shown playing hand games with a woman while sitting on a couch before Beyonce and her eldest daughter, Blue Ivy, are shown sitting playing hand games in a field.

A myriad of young Black girls are also shown doing the same before the girl in the turquoise dress is shown again walking in front of a row of apartments. She then passes a man holding a baby, who then looks deeply into the camera.

The girl in the turquoise dress then arrives at a debutante ball. She walks throughout a ballroom where Black women are dressed in gowns but they’re not moving. While walking, the young lady is holding a bouquet of flowers.

In the middle of the video, Beyonce appears in a yellow gown while laying in a field before the women at the debutante ball begin moving in unison. The debutantes are then introduced while young Black girls watch on in awe while clapping their hands in the audience.

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA – JULY 09: (L-R) Blue Ivy Carter and Beyoncé attends the premiere of Disney’s “The Lion King” at Dolby Theatre on July 09, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

The debutantes then curtsey while being applauded. Beyonce’s fellow Destiny’s Child alum and BFF, Kelly Rowland then appears sitting in the center of the floor surrounded by the debutantes. Beyonce then appears with Naomi Campbell at her side while she sings her verse.

Lupita Nyong’o and Rowland then both appear solo while Bey references them in her verse. Beyonce and Rowland then appear at the piano again but this time with Blue Ivy sitting beneath them. A shot of a myriad of Black hairstyles is then shown before Beyonce appears wearing black and white and zig-zag cornrows braided into a bun.

Beyonce is then pictured wearing various cornrow hairstyles before the women and girls whose hair was shown earlier faces are revealed. At the end of the video, Rowland and Beyonce look into each other’s faces before hugging each other.

Blue Ivy then appears at the debutante ball holding a flower while singing her solo part before the young woman who appeared at the beginning of the video in a turquoise dress appears wearing a ball gown and is amongst the rest of the debutantes.

“Brown Skin Girl,” which features Blue Ivy, Saint John, and WizKid is from Beyonce’s Lion King companion album Lion King: The Gift. The video also appeared in Beyonce’s Disney Plus film Black Is King. 

Watch “Brown Skin Girl” below. 

Glennisha Morgan is a Detroit-bred multimedia journalist and writer. She writes about intersectionality, hip-hop, pop culture, queer issues, race, feminism, and her truth. Follow her on Twitter @GlennishaMorgan.

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