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16 Lyrics By Black Artists To Use For Your Next IG Caption

Black History Month is the perfect time to celebrate and honor all of the contributions made to music by Black artists. Since the beginning of American history, Black artists have cultivated and profoundly influenced American music. Music has always been a part of Africana culture and a powerful tool in telling Black stories and bringing communities together. 

According to Smithsonian Music, “African American influences are so fundamental to American music that there would be no American music without them.” Activists, artists, and athletes have used music throughout history to create movements and define significant eras. Music is one of the most remarkable ways to convey emotion and express ourselves. Black artists across centuries have created masterpieces birthed from their pain and plight within America. One of the most famous examples of Black liberation songs that have revolutionized history is the  “Happy Birthday”song by Stevie Wonder, dedicated to Dr. Martin Luther King which helped propel Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

As you celebrate Black History Month, you may find yourself in a museum or a historical park, taking amazing pics but wondering what caption to use. No worries, I’ve got you. IMO, the best captions stem from my favorite songs. Consider any of these songs and lyrics as your next Instagram caption to celebrate Black music and let your followers in on your music taste.

“We gon’ be alright.” — “Alright” by Kendrick Lamar

The perfect caption for a group photo with your friends or family.

“Black is beautiful.” —  “Black Is Beautiful” by  Chronixx

An excellent caption for your next selfie!

“Shine your light for the world to see.” — “UMI Says” By Mos Def

Enough said.

“Love and happiness.” — “Love and Happiness” by Al Green

This caption would be so cute for a couple photo.

“Nobody can deny me that I’m blessed.” — “Blessed” by Wizkid

The gratitude anthem.

“What a wonderful world.” — “(What A) Wonderful World” by Sam Cooke

The perfect caption for a scenery photo.

“F.U.B.U (for us, by us).” — “F.U.B.U” by Solange

Use this as your caption when showing off creations from Black creators.

“Peng Black Girls.” — “Peng Black Girls” by Jorja Smith

Next GNO caption!

“Blame it on my juice.” — “Juice” by Lizzo

For the next time you’re feeling yourself.

“Don’t touch my hair.” — “Don’t Touch My Hair” by Solange

When you show off your next hairdo!

“Always stay gracious, best revenge is your paper.” — “Formation” by Beyoncé

Flex on the haters with this one.

“Woman to woman, I just wanna see you glow.” — “Woman” by Little Simz

Woman empowerment anthem.

“U.N.I.T.Y.” — “U.N.I.T.Y” by Queen Lahtifah

Again, an excellent caption for a group photo.

“Crooked smile, we could style on ’em.” — “Crooked Smile” by J.Cole

When you’re in the mood to embrace your imperfections (we’ve all got them).

“And I love myself.” — “i” by Kendrick Lamar. 

Cute caption for a selfie. Self-love is the best love.

“I’m rooting for everybody that’s Black.” — “Sue Me” by Wale


Rachel is a contributing writer for Her Campus under the Culture and Entertainment verticle. Her articles cover trending topics, including new releases, fan theories, and pop culture news. She has been a part of the Her Campus community since 2019, when she started as a charting member of the Her Campus St. John's University chapter. Rachel was also the chapter's President from Fall 2020 to Spring 2021. As president, Rachel managed the divisions of the chapter, gave weekly updates on progress, and led chapter meetings and events. In 2021, Rachel graduated from St. John's with a Bachelor's degree in Journalism and a minor in Business Administration. Rachel has freelanced in Digital Marketing and Copywriting since graduating. As an aspiring multi-media journalist, Rachel enjoys exercising her writing skills on various digital platforms. You can catch Rachel trying out new makeup trends on TikTok, watching her favorite shows, or listening to music in her free time. She is passionate about connecting with people through music, lifestyle, and cultural conversations.