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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

What Does The Lyrics "Melanin Too Dark To Throw Her Shade" REALLY Mean In Beyonce's "Brown Skin Girl" Song?

Edited by Azizi Powell

Latest Update: July 27, 2019

This pancocojams post explores the possible meanings of the line "melanin too dark to throw her shade" in Beyonce's 2019 song "Brown Skin Girl".

This post also features the verse from that song that includes that line.

The content of this post is presented for socio-cultural purposes.

All copyrights remain with their owners.

Thanks to the composers of this song and thanks to Beyonce for her musical legacy. Thanks also to all those who are quoted in this post.
Much of the content of this post was written as comments in this July 21, 2019 pancocojams post https://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2019/07/brown-skin-girls-throughout-world.html "Brown Skin Girls Throughout The World Comment About Beyoncé's Song "Brown Skin Girl" "

Please share your explanations for that line in the comment section below. Thanks!

[Verse 2: Beyoncé]
"Pose like a trophy when Naomi walk in
She need an Oscar for that pretty dark skin
Pretty like Lupita when the cameras close in
Drip broke the levee when my Kelly roll in
I think tonight she might braid her braids
Melanin too dark to throw her shade
She minds her business and wines her waist
Gold like 24k, okay"

Click https://genius.com/Beyonce-saint-jhn-and-wizkid-brown-skin-girl-lyrics for the complete lyrics for this song.

Azizi Powell, July 23, 2019 at 4:14 PM
"Here's a link to a July 23, 2019 article about Beyonce's "Brown Skin Girl": https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/beyonc-brown-skin-girl-not-160516568.html
If I correctly understand its main point, that article states that Beyonce's "Brown Skin Girl" is and should be directed only toward dark skinned Black females. [Note: I disagree with this point.]

The author of that article reached that conclusion by explaining a line in that song whose meaning I'm still not sure about:
"Beyoncé is deliberate in her intention by mentioning beautiful brown beauties Lupita Nyong’o, Naomi Campbell, and Kelly Rowland in the lyrics of the song.

She added to her specific pigment description by saying “melanin too dark to throw her shade.” For those of us with basic knowledge of the parts of speech, we know that the word “too” is an adverb that emphasizes the adjective “dark” to create a stronger sense of the darkness being referred to.

To break it down: Mathematically, that “too” would more than likely be represented as a power symbol on top of a number to show that the number is to be multiplied to equal something of greater value. Extra. More. Additional. This degree of melanin is specifically devoted to women who are often berated for their Blackness, women who represent African ancestry and heritage and are mocked for it.

This song is for those Black woman."...

Azizi Powell, July 23, 2019 at 5:10 PM
"I think that article's author Imani Bashir, is suggesting is that the lyrics "melanin too dark to thrown her shade" means that the person's melanin is "extra dark" and therefore it can provide shade (against the hot sun)- better than melanin that is not extra dark.

And that might be what those words mean in the context of that song. However, part of my problem with this interpretation is that in American English "too [something]" is usually a negative -examples: "too big", "too loud", "too much".

The word "too" might mean "very" or "so". I don't suppose that Beyonce's song means that a dark skinned person's melanin is too dark (extra dark?; very dark?, so dark?).

Maybe it's just my socialization that makes me think of this interpretation.

Clearly, the word "too" isn't supposed to be a negative in this song or is this song throwing shade?"

Azizi Powell, July 23, 2019 at 5:13 PM
"Am I the only one that thinks about the African American drag originated phrase "throwing shade" when they hear or read the phrase "melanin too dark to throw her shade"?

A definition for "throwing shade" is "making an artfully executed verbal or non-verbal insult".*

Are the words "too dark melanin" supposed to be throwing shade at people who have dark skin colors? (This can't be correct given Beyonce's song is sung in celebration of dark brown skin.)

But dark skinned people -and not just dark skinned Black people-are used to being subtly and directly insulted by people because of their skin color so, there's that.**

What do you think the lyrics "melanin too dark to throw her shade" means (in the context of Beyonce's song)?.

*Click http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2016/04/throwing-shade-definition-and-non.html for a pancocojams post about "throwing shade".

**Click https://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2019/07/two-reprints-of-non-pancocojams.html for a pancocojams post that mentions the 2008 Trinidadian/Tobagan Reggae song "Darkie" by Orlando Octave and documents how "darkie" in that Caribbean nation isn't a put down but a descriptive and often complimentary referent for dark skinned females and males."
UPDATE: July 24, 2019 7:29 AM
I woke up thinking about the "melanin too dark to throw her shade" line in Beyonce's "Brown Skin Girl" song.
It occurs to me that other parts of that song includes references to "skin like pearls" and "your skin, it glow like diamonds". Perhaps the "melanin too dark to throw her shade" means that the skin shines so brightly it can't be hidden by the shade (of a tree?).

By the way, I just posted the question "what does "melanin too dark to throw her shade" in the discussion part of the lyric page on https://genius.com/Beyonce-saint-jhn-and-wizkid-brown-skin-girl-lyrics. Hopefully, some commenters will share their thoughts on this line. If so, I'll quote them in this pancocojams post.

Source #1:
From https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ng3y6ddBoWM BROWN SKIN GIRL, [sound file published by Beyoncé on Jul 19, 2019]
(Numbers assigned for referencing purposes only; All these comments are from July 2019.)
1. Omni EyeAm
"Melanin too dark to throw her shade! Say it louder for the ones in the back!"

2. Jessica Cooper
"I felt that in my soul!!"

3. Karen Adkins

4. nichail Miller
"I finally got it😂 I’m so slow🙈🤷🏾‍♀️😂😂😂"

"I actually dont understand that verse can someone explain please"

6. nichail Miller
"DIVA & QUEEN Melanin protects you from the sun. You don’t need shade....I think 💕"

Source #2
From https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yk_snRm99J8
Beyonce - Brown Skin Girl (Dance Video) by The Happy African Kids (Dream Catchers) ft. Wizkid
Dream Catchers Dance, Published on Jul 20, 2019
1. mAya SquAw
"Melanin to dark to throw her shade👸🏿🌍❤️"

2. la joie X
"mAya SquAw what this part means?
People can’t stop to repeat that"

3. 10hooper
"@la joie X it means nothing can phase them. Their skin is a shield to the hatred and negativity"
The commenter meant "faze" and not "phase". https://www.vocabulary.com/articles/chooseyourwords/faze-phase/ "To faze is to disturb, bother, or embarrass, but a phase is a stage or step".

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