Alicia Keys’ new video for “In Common” dropped today, and I’m personally stoked! As an Alicia Keys fan since Songs in A Minor it is great to see her come back years later with great hits and different styles and still kill the game. The “In Common” video speaks to a lot of the tensions going on in todays world. Though there isn’t a lot of props and it is in all black and white, when you pay attention to detail the video is as vibrant as her “Girl On Fire” video.
Beginning on a fire escape to nothing it seems, Keys is seen with a bare and beautiful face, rocking her natural curls which are blowing freely in the breeze, and a head scarf at that. Her dancers follow the same trend with natural faces and natural hair styles including braids, dreads, bantu knots, and even a bald head. The dancers are all different sizes, shapes, as well as different shades of brown. The embrace of ones beauty is prominent throughout the entire video. This is refreshing in today’s world when there are Beyoncés and Rihannas everywhere. Before I get the Hive and The Navy riding my a**, I’m a fan of them all and they all are great women who believe in the power of self love and black love. However, they perpetrate it differently. Key’s approach is just more clean and natural in this video.
This video also shows images of not only the care free black girl, but the care free black boy is also prominent as Key’s shows and sings that love has no limit, gender, color, or identity. This has been trending a lot and to see it actually shown in hip-hop culture is a big step. The movement against limitations is breaking barriers for sure.
Artist’s are showing their activism through their music, and its great. Pretty reminiscent of Public Enemy in the 80’s and 90’s, but for a different time and group. Make sure to peep the boy carelessly dancing in front of the “Police Do Not Cross” sign (politics are everywhere).
Check out the video for yourself!
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