Officially released in honor of the renowned American poet, singer, memoirist and civil rights activist Maya Angelou who was born on April 4, 1928 – “The Color of My Skin” is an original song that was inspired by Angelou’s famous poem, “Still I Rise.” (Watch it via the player above.)

Composed and produced by Adamah Cole, Founder of the Brooklyn, New York-based independent production company Lingua Frankha, “The Color of My Skin” pays homage to those who have fought with their words and pen for racial equality and encourages black people to love and be proud of the skin they’re in.

The song was originally created for the launch of my friend’s dance company in February,” said Cole. “After the performance, a woman asked me where she could get a copy because she wanted to remind her young daughter of her own beautiful, black skin. The same challenges Maya Angelou discussed in her work are still relevant today, so I wanted to share ‘The Color of My Skin’ with that woman and the world.

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