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.

The Mamie 'Till' Movie Wants To Empower Us

Sitting in the theater getting ready to watch Nopefor the third time, I was excited, like a good film nerd, to see my friend's first-time reactions to the fun UFO horror-comedy. My heart sank immediately when a trailer for the film Till, which follows the life and legacy of Emmett Till's mother, Mamie, started playing first.

My knee-jerk reaction, of course, comes from years of watching film and TV that have exploited Black trauma onscreen and were created with little (if any) consideration for what could emotionally trigger the Black audience. The 1955 murder of Emmett Till is so heartbreaking and inherently violent; would this film make us live through that violence on screen?

Fortunately, no!

This week, before watching Gina Prince-Bythewood's incredible The Woman King, a featurette for Till played in place of a trailer and it soothed my fears.

"There will be no physical violence against Black people on screen," the film's award-winning director and co-writer Chinonye Chukwu says in the featurette. "I'm not interested in relishing in that kind of physical trauma. We're going to begin and end in a place of joy," she says.

Starring Danielle Deadwyler (whose heartfelt performance on HBO's Station Eleven stole the show) as Mamie, Till is a celebration of Mamie's tireless activism which ultimately culminated in President Biden signing the Emmett Till Anti-Lynching Act into law just a few months ago in March 2022. "Mamie Till Mobley is a hero," says Alana Mayo, president of Orion Pictures, the production company behind the film. "I'm really, really committed to making movies not just by us, but for us," Mayo says in the featurette.

After a private screening of Till, this week, Trayvon Martin's mother, Sybrina Fulton, tweeted that the film was "#Powerful" and "a must see."

Mamie's story of courage in the face of unspeakable tragedy deserves to be told--especially as we continue the fight for civil rights today. Knowing that the Black filmmakers behind the film are centering Black joy and aiming for our empowerment through the film makes a world of difference.

TILLis in theaters October 14.

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