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Black History Month: Summer Walker Celebrates Female Artists With 'Power to the Women' Playlist

Summer Walker
Gizelle Hernandez

Summer Walker photographed Oct. 26 at Ambient+Studio in Atlanta. Styling by Todd White. Hair by Trevin Washington. Makeup by Juanice Reed. Walker wears a TTSWTRS bodysuit, and Bernard James jewelry.

This year for Black History Month, Billboard looks to salute Black women for their strength, resiliency, and courage. With Black female artists always being innovative and audacious with their art and platforms, especially during last year's fight for racial equality, it was necessary to empower those with our stage this month. Every Monday and Wednesday for Black History Month, Billboard will dish out new playlists from Black women artists highlighting powerful messages. 

Kicking off our series is platinum-selling singer Summer Walker. Last week, Walker released her long-awaited video for "Body," off her acclaimed debut album Over It. The body-positive visual portrayed Walker flaunting her baby bump as she waits to begin her new chapter of motherhood. Gracing last year's Billboard Hip-Hop and R&B Power Players cover alongside Jhene Aiko, Teyana Taylor, and Kehlani, Walker touched on censorship on social media and why she'll never be one to bite her tongue on controversial topics.

"I don't think anything is too much as long as you're comfortable with whatever you're sharing," she said in the group discussion helmed by Billboard's Gail Mitchell. "I have a work page and a spam page. I like to use my spam page because it's fun to debate social issues. It's a hobby of mine. I learn hella shit about documentaries and all types of things from debating with people."

Walker's "Power to the Women" collection includes songs by Erykah Badu, Cardi B, Solange, Jill Scott, and more. Check it out below, and be on the lookout for upcoming playlists this month from some more of your favorite Black female artists.