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"A Song for Mama" by Boyz II Men

Mama, mama you're the queen of my heart

Your love is like Tears from the stars

 Mama, I just want you to know

 Lovin' you is like food to my soul

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"They Say I'm Different" by Betty Davis

They say I'm different because I'm a piece of sugar cane

Sweet to the core

That's right, I got rhythm.

My great-grandma didn't like to fox trot,

instead she spitted snuff and boogied down.

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"Ladies Night" by Kool and the Gang

Romantic Lady, single Baby

Mmh, sophisticated mama Uuh!

Come on, you disco Lady, yeah

Stay with me tonight, mama

If you hear any noise, it ain't the boys

It's a Ladies Night, ah-ha

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"I'm Every Woman" by Chaka Kahn

I'm every woman

it's all in me

anything you want done, baby

I'll do it naturally.

I'm ev'ry woman

it's all in me

I can read your thoughts right now

everyone from A to Z.

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"And I Am Telling You" by Jennifer Holliday/Jennifer Hudson

Tear down the mountains,

Yell, scream and shout.

You can say what you want,

I'm not walkin' out.

Stop all the rivers,

Push, strike, and kill.

I'm not gonna leave you,

There's no way I will.

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"To Zion" by Lauryn Hill

Woe this crazy circumstance

I knew his life deserved a chance

But everybody told me to be smart

Look at your career they said,

"Lauryn, baby use your head"

But instead I chose to use my heart

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"A Woman's Worth" By Alicia Keys

Cuz a real man knows a real woman when he sees her

And a real woman knows a real man ain't afraid to please her

And a real woman knows a real man always comes first

And a real man just can't deny a woman's worth

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"Grandma's Hands" by Bill Withers

Grandma's hands

Soothed a local unwed mother

Grandma's hands

Used to ache sometimes and swell

Grandma's hands

Used to lift her face and tell her,

"Baby, Grandma understands"

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"Real Love" by Mary J. Blige

I'm searching for the real love

Someone to set my heart free

Real love

I'm searching for a real love

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"Not Gon' Cry" by Mary J. Blige

11 years of sacrifice

And you can leave at the drop of a dime

Swallowed my fears, stood by your side

I shoulda left your ass a thousand times

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"Independent Women" by Destiny's Child

The shoes on my feet

I've bought it

The clothes I'm wearing

I've bought it

The rock I'm rockin'

I've bought it

'Cause I depend on me

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"RESPECT" by Aretha Franklin

Ooo, your kisses 

Sweeter than honey

And guess what?

So is my money 

All I want you to do for me

Is give it to me when you get home

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"It's Not Right, But It's Ok" by Whitney Houston

It's not right, but it's okay

I'm gonna make it anyway

Close the door behind you

Leave your key

I'd rather be alone than unhappy

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"I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor

And so you're back from outer space

I just walked in to find you here with that sad look upon your face

I should have changed that stupid lock

I should have made you leave your key

If I'd've known for just one second you'd back to bother me

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"I Am Not My Hair" by India.Arie

Good hair means curls and waves

Bad hair means you look like a slave

At the turn of the century

Its time for us to redefine who we be

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"Video" by India.Arie

I'm not the average girl from your video

And I ain't built like a supermodel

But, I learned to love myself unconditionally

Because I am a queen

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"You Gotta Be" by Des'ree

Listen as your day unfolds

Challenge what the future holds

Try and keep your head up to the sky

Lovers, they may cause you tears

Go ahead release your fears

Stand up and be counted

Don't be ashamed to cry

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"Golden" by Jill Scott

I'm taking my freedom,

Pulling it off the shelf,

Putting it on my chain,

Wear it around my neck,

I'm taking my freedom,

Putting it in my car,

Wherever I choose to go,

It will take me far.

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"Just Fine" by Mary J. Blige

No time for moping around, are you kidding?

And no time for negative vibes, cause I'm winning

It's been a long week, I put in my hardest

Gonna live my life, feels so good to get it right

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"32 Flavors" by Alana Davis

I am a poster girl with no poster,

I am 32 flavors and then some

And I'm beyond your peripheral vision

so you might want to turn your head

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"Put Your Records On" by Corinne Bailey Rae

Girl, put your records on, tell me your favorite song

You go ahead, let your hair down

Sapphire and faded jeans, I hope you get your dreams,

Just go ahead, let your hair down.

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"Pocketbook" by Meshell Ndegeocello

Girl gotcha own thing

You know everybody

High class

Mediocre

The riff raff

Love is the root politic

Read between the paragraph

You know what you make after taxes

"11th Hour" by Dionne Farris

Walking away was the best thing I could ever do

'Cause once you make your decision, your decision is made

When we find ourselves up in arms more often than most

By then we know it's time to go

"Survivor" by Destiny's Child

You thought that I'd be helpless without ya,

But I'm smarter,

You thought that I'd be stressed without ya,

But I'm chillin'

You thought I wouldn't sell without ya,

Sold nine million.

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"Superwoman" by Alicia Keys

Cause I am a Superwoman

Yes I am

Yes she is

Even when I'm a mess

I still put on a vest

With an S on my chest

Oh yes

I'm a Superwoman

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"Girl Talk" by TLC

Put in work

If you don't want the girl to talk

And you don't want your feelings hurt

Put in work

Cause if you don't

That girl's just gon' go spreadin' the word

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"Irreplaceable" by Beyonce

And it's my name thats on that jag

So go move your bags, let me call you a cab

Standing in the front yard, telling me

How I'm such a fool, talking 'bout

How I'll never ever find a man like you

You got me twisted

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