As the old saying goes: “Absence makes the heart grow fonder.” Arguably no artist has been more of a testament to that than the incomparable, Sade.

In the past 25 years, she and her band have only released two studio albums, the previous being 2010’s Soldier Of Love. Earlier this week, it was reported that she would provide new music for the adaptation of A Wrinkle In Time, directed by Ava DuVernay.

Since the mid 1980’s, Sade has remained an enigmatic figure in popular culture. Her talent can never be denied, but sometimes her reputation as recluse can proceed her, similar to that of Lauryn Hill and Prince. With over 30 years in music, she has inspired many of today’s most popular artists, and can also be accredited to being a pivotal act during the early days of the neo-soul movement.

Sade’s long stints away from the music industry since the turn of the century has only added to her mystique. So, the fact that she would be appearing on the soundtrack for this upcoming film had many people both excited and intrigued. The song’s title, “Flower Of The Universe” was made public via Ava’s twitter on February 20. Disney’s A Wrinkle In Time is slated for release on March 9, and it stars Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Zach Galifianakis and more.  In addition to Sade, the soundtrack will also feature music from Demi Lovato, Sia, and Kehlani.

The beautiful thing about this film is it’s representation from women of color in every aspect. As 2018’s Black History Month approaches its final days, it should be noted the success and opportunities that African-Americans are receiving in media.

The blockbuster motion picture Black Panther, was directed by Ryan Coogler and showcased a predominantly black cast. Also, the $100 million budget that Ava DuVernay received for A Wrinkle In Time is the largest ever given to a woman of color.

In the past couple of years, there has been a renaissance for African-Americans in the realm of television and film. Let’s continue to push envelopes, break barriers and shatter the mold of preconceived notions and modern misperceptions of who we are as a people.

Happy Black History Month,

– Okla