Ire Arogundade is a sophomore in the School of Communications and currently living in Evanston.
Her fro like the stunning bliss of the soul Holds your breath as its taking control She’s the beauty, her eyes say hello Honeycomb holds more than you know Curly girly singing on the dance floor He’s makin’ music we’re all gonna stand for Their breaking boundaries, leavin’ a future A sweet fine delicacy Gritty, golden, sun-kissed delicious Harmonies from our honey’s existence I know I’ve got Black honey and it tastes so sweet Honestly, we know our hearts are glowin’ With our bodies showin’ Melanin is a blessin’ Our honey’s flowin’ in our veins It tastes so good It's understood We’ve got Black honey His flow reps the rhythm and he sets the tone Vibin’ high off the culture alone Pride in the sky and love on the phone Star in the scene and in the zone Our honey’s sweet not sour mixed with some power Dressed with the rest in Sunday’s best Our honey’s eminent Gives strength Follows through Our joy is evident Our honey is such a rarity Love to see that she a queen The wannabes, tryna be the king Our heredity’s lined with royalty Recipe for sweet tea Our honey’s powerful sweety Gritty, golden, sun-kissed delicious Harmonies from our honey’s existence I know I've got Black Honey
Get to know the poet
Q: When did you write this song?
A: I wrote the song in September a week or so before school started.
Q: What inspired you to write this song?
A: Every time I turned on the news, especially during the past year, there was a lot of pain. It was really hard to see and re-experience the images throughout all forms of media (news, online, social media, etc.). So I wanted to create something that represented strength and community, something that people could turn toward during hard times, (especially BIPOC and in particular Black people). I originally made a Spotify playlist that I randomly called “Black Honey” in June, which was inspired by the protests after George Floyd’s murder. Almost all of the songs on it came from a place of pain, and I struggled to find songs that celebrated the beauty of being Black. So, I decided to create one myself.
Q: What was the inspiration and goal for your music video and how did you pull sources together to achieve this?
A: I asked my friends from around the world to take part in the video. I said that they could do anything they wanted: If you have art, a dance, your own videos, poetry, rapping, you speaking at a protest, photography, aesthetic videos of you doing something (literally anything like walking into the sunset haha), videos of you doing what you love, literally anything—send them to me. I had over 20 people send in videos. I integrated them into clips that I had shot for the video to create the final product. I am a very amateur YouTuber, so I used my video editing software to put the clips together. For the music, I watched a ton of videos on how to use music digital audio workstations and created the music track on one of those.
Q: Anything else you would like to add?
A: Here is a link to the Black Honey Artists’ Feature (it includes the full versions of the videos my friends sent in). I have a ton of songs that I hope to record once I improve my music production skills.