For the MIDNIGHT JEWEL Blog Tour, we give you our playlist of inspirational and empowered songs by women of color.
Richelle Mead‘s sequel to The Glittering Court is out now, and in light of this and our part in the Midnight Jewel blog tour, we wanted to give you our top 10 list of songs that inspire and empower women. Not only that, but since the protagonist is a woman of color, we chose 10 songs by women of color as well, because there are plenty of talented women of color with beauty, both from without and within. Check out our list and listen to the songs below:
You Gotta Be by Des’ree
Why we chose this song: Mira, the main protagonist of Midnight Jewel, is all these things that Des’ree sings about, and we encourage all the women to do the same!
Just Fine by Mary J. Blige
Why we chose this song: Mary sings about having no stress in her life, and although Mira’s life is actually full of stress, we hope in the end for Mira that she will be just fine.
A Woman’s Worth by Alicia Keys
Why we chose this song: Considering the Glittering Court is all about giving the woman a glamorous and comfortable life, Mira learns that there’s more to it than just riches that when it comes to being with someone you love.
Unpretty by TLC
Why we chose this song: It’s all about being pretty and looking good for the girls of The Glittering Court, but this song reminds us that we need to look inside ourselves first to find real beauty.
Girl by Destiny’s Child
Why we chose this song: Mira goes through some pretty tough challenges on her own, but she does have friends she can turn to in times of need, and we all need to be reminded of that.
Feeling Good by Nina Simone
Why we chose this song: Most days for Mira are hard to get through, but this song should be the ultimate inspiration to keep hoping for better.
Video by India Arie
Why we chose this song: Although Mira is part of The Glittering Court, there are many times throughout her story that she doesn’t quite act like one a pure jewel, and this song pretty much sings about that side of her, and it’s very motivating.
Superwoman by Alicia Keys
Why we chose this song: In Midnight Jewel, we find that Mira leads a somewhat double life, kind of like a superhero. By day, she’s the prim and proper jewel looking for a husband, but at night, she’s like a…
When You Believe by Whitney Houston featuring Mariah Carey
Why we chose this song: There’s a reason Mira does what she does in Midnight Jewel, and hope keeps her going even though she may feel like giving up. This song sings about hope and it’s just so beautiful.
Respect by Aretha Franklin
Why we chose this song: Any woman, doesn’t matter if it’s a woman of color or not, wants respect. And Mira knows that as much as anyone.
- Satisfied from Hamilton: The Musical written by Lin-Manuel Miranda
- Girl on Fire by Alicia Keys
- Control by Janet Jackson
- No Scrubs by TLC
- Doo Wop (That Thing) by Lauryn Hill
- Q.U.E.E.N. by Janelle Monáe featuring Erykah Badu
Book Summary for Midnight Jewel
A refugee of war, Mira was cast out of her home country and thrust into another, where the conditions were inhospitable at best. In a life-altering twist of fate, she is given the chance to escape once more, and she takes it, joining the Glittering Court.
Both a school and a business venture, the Glittering Court is designed to transform impoverished girls into upper-class ladies who appear destined for powerful and wealthy marriages in the New World. There, Mira finds herself subjected to persecution, not only from her fellow Glittering Court jewels, but from her suitors, as well—men she would potentially be expected to give her life to.
By day, she goes through the motions, learning the etiquette and customs that will help to earn her anonymity, even making a couple true friends in the process, the forthright ladies’ maid Adelaide and the ambitious laundress Tamsin. But by night, Mira hatches a different plan entirely—one that, if exposed, could get her hanged in the highest court of Adoria.
RICHELLE MEAD is the #1 New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Vampire Academy series and its spin-off series, Bloodlines. Originally from Michigan, she now lives in Seattle, Washington.
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