Drake's New Video Pays Homage To The Divine Feminine

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My lackluster workout regimine is a precursor that my summer body might not be as lit as I had hoped, but Drake and Cardi B. just reassured me that my captions will. Following his highly publicized video for "God's Plan", our boyfriend Aubrey just hit us with a Beyonce and dropped our anthem for the summer with no promo. Everything Drake touches seems to turn to gold, but this time he's putting the spotlight the world's most precious treasure to ever live: women.

Drake announced in Toronto on Thursday that he would be dropping a new single Friday night and as usual, he did not disappoint. Drake's new single and ode to the matriarchy, "Nice For What" magically appeared on our newsfeed last night featuring a list of our favorite celebrities in all of their glorious femininity. The result was a visual where the rap superstar took the backseat to allow proper homage to be played to the divine feminine, capturing women in our various identities and capacities.

My hometown is Baton Rouge, which is about one hour from New Orleans, so when I heard Big Freedia's signature call out atop the New Orleans Bounce-esque Lauryn Hill sample, I turned my speakers on max and turned my apartment into a full-blown social shakedown.

The video was directed by 22-year-old Karena Evans, who also directed "God's Plan", and features a gorgeous spectrum of women of color including but not limited to Misty Copeland, Issa Rae, Rashida Jones, Yara Shahidi, Tiffany Haddish, Jourdan Dunn, Tracee Ellis Ross, Syd, and Letitia Wright.

So much black girl magic in one video. My heart couldn't take it.

Since the video's release, fans and celebrities have taken to social media to thank Drake and his co-stars for the iconic visuals, citing it as the female empowerment anthem we didn't know we needed.

The song is a banger without a doubt, but upon further analysis, it is also a declaration for millennial women in the digital age. That's a real one in your reflection, without a follow, without a mention. The track pays homage to women that are thriving in real life, not just insta-flexing.

"Nice for What" reiterates the fact that in 2018, women are drinking water, letting go of past lovers, and passionately walking in our purpose. And we might hit a couple angles and bless 'em with a few selfies while we do it.

The wide variety of women that Drake featured in his video is reminiscent of the fabric that America is made of, and the video is a tribute to our MF hustle.

Drake said that he's currently putting the finishing touches on his highly anticipated album set to release this year. Until then, watch the video in full below.

Today is Malcolm X’s birthday. As an icon of Black liberation movements, his words are often rallying cries and guideposts in struggle. In 2020, after the officers who executed Breona Taylor were not charged with her murder, my timeline was flooded with people reposting Malcolm’s famous quote: “The most disrespected person in America is the Black woman. The most unprotected person in America is the Black woman. The most neglected person in America is the Black woman.”

It was certainly an apt quote to use for the tragic situation surrounding the life and death of Taylor. Quickly, however, a cynicism began to take hold of me as I saw people with questionable politics around Black women repost Malcolm’s words. .

Malcolm delivered those words to a congregation of Black people in Los Angeles, California just days after his birthday on May 22, 1965. Using his signature authoritative oratorical skills, he declared the harm that this world has caused Black women. In this same speech he would go on to say: “Who taught you to hate the color of your skin? Who taught you to hate the texture of your hair? Who taught you to hate the shape of your nose and the shape of your lips? Who taught you to hate yourself from the top of your head to the soles of your feet?" Hating and harming Black women is akin to hating and harming yourself.

For Malcolm, to protect Black women, to respect and to love Black women was not a hypothetical position to take. Just a few years prior to giving that speech, Malcolm severed ties with his mentor Elijah Muhommad after allegations against the Nation of Islam leader of having affairs with underaged girls was revealed, an allegation that Malcolm didn’t initially want to believe until speaking directly with one of the accusers himself.

He showed us that to show up for Black women means holding the abusers within your community accountable — even the ones you admire. It means listening to Black women, but also taking principled action in response to what you’ve heard–even at the risk of your relationships and even your life.

The name and legacy of Malcolm X conjures strong feelings in many people. To some people, Malcolm was a militant hellbent on stirring racial unrest. To others, he was a messianic figure, who sacrificed himself for the good of the people. But this is how I choose to remember him: as someone whose love for Black women anchored his life. To honor Malcolm means to honor Black women, today, tomorrow, and always.

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