To get a Black woman's attention, an artist better put their all into a song and sing about our struggles, our triumphs, our pain, and our immeasurable joy. In other words, they better sang their hearts out. In celebration of Black History Month and the Grammys this Sunday, we put together a list of 25 albums every Black woman needs in the soundtrack to her life, from Mary J. Blige's "My Life" to Lauryn Hill’s “The “Miseducation of Lauryn Hill."
Those “American Idol” kids cover Michael Buble’s version of “Feeling Good,” but most of us know that it was Nina Simone who really threw it down on this 1965 album. Her haunting voice on that track and on the title song (her take on a blues tune by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins) makes the album unforgettable.