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Here’s a Quick, Beautiful Lesson on Black History


“Deep in my heart, I know everything is going to be alright. #AllLivesMatter,” states musician, Raury in the description of his new video “Fly”.

If you could stomach the news over the past year, you should be familiar with the current police brutality cases in the United States. It’s like some sick agenda that’s constantly being swept under the rug.

However, we have talented musicians like Raury and directors like Malia Murray, who team up to create works of art that allows us to reflect and gives us hope. In the visual for Fly, the viewers are given a quick Black History lesson. Through animation, we follow a young black man who hops into a history book to revisit gruesome and glorious highlights in African and African American history from Slavery to #BlackLivesMatter.

Peep the video and share your comments below.

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WATCH: Tamia Brings Grown & Sexy to ‘Sandwich and a Soda’


Tamia has been in the game for two decades and she is still gorgeous, fresh-faced, and classy! Her latest single, “Sandwich and a Soda” shows that the crooner has the voice to handle an upbeat tempo and soul-stirring ballad. With a low-key, small community as her backdrop, she saunters through town in little-bitty shorts professing her love for her boo. The track is from her upcoming album, Love Life.

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Video of the Week: Jhené Aiko’s Eternal Sunshine

Jhené Aiko’s latest visual for “Eternal Sunshine” evoked so many emotions inside of me. Many of her songs do, which is why I believe that she is an excellent singer and songwriter. How she blends beauty, pain, and sadness so seamlessly is beyond me, but what added the extra heart tug was having a music video that reinforces her artistic vision.

Director Jay Ahn did a really great job with this video. He keeps the viewers interested by slowly unfolding the story in bites until you realize that she is still mourning the death of her beautiful brother.

Check out Eternal Sunshine and share your thoughts below.

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Flying Lotus – Never Catch Me ft. Kendrick Lamar

Flying Lotus’ jazzy collaboration with Kendrick Lamar is awesome. It’s great that Lotus is introducing the youngins to jazz. The upbeat tempo puts you in a good mood. However, when listening to the lyrics and seeing the visual, you find yourself torn between sadness and happiness. Though the premise of the story, is dark, it’s very moving. Two kids, who died, dance their way to heaven. While their relatives mourn, they are full of joy. Very interesting concept and great choreography.

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Video of the WeeK: Ezinne Asinugo of CEO Dancers Covers Awilo Longomba’s “BUNDELELE”

Ezinne Asinugo, a London-based Choreographer of CEO Dancers, grooves in the streets as she covers Awilo Longomba’s “BUNDELELE. Her spin on African and Hip-Hop dance matches the song perfectly.

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Video of the WeeK: Sia – Chandelier

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Maddie Ziegler, an 11-year-old cast member on Lifetime’s “Dance Moms,” delivers a jaw-dropping performance in Sia’s new “Chandelier” video. The talented preteen’s moves help explain the video’s popularity on the Web. In just a matter of days, it has scored more than 3 million views on YouTube. Sia, who remains off camera, deserves attention, too. The 38-year-old Aussie may be best known for the songs she’s written for others. Beyoncé’s hit “Pretty Hurts” and Rihanna’s “Diamonds” are both on her résumé. This time, it’s Sia’s turn at the microphone, while Ziegler — wearing a Sia-like blond wig — energetically jumps, kicks, and twirls around a creepy, rundown house. Critics have raved about the video, which was also co-directed by Sia. “It’s one of the best videos I’ve seen so far this year,” Dee Lockett wrote forSlate. “Sia’s ‘Chandelier’ video might have the best dance routine of the year,” Time posted. “We have already been pushing Sia’s ‘Chandelier’ as an early contender for Song of the Summer, and now that the full video has arrived we’re even that much more in love,” added VH1. The video is an unlikely — but impressive — collaboration. — Claudine Zap (@zapkidd) Yahoo!

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Emily King just released an exquisite video for “Distance”. The song is amazing and the visuals are captivating. I could not help analyzing the vivid vintage look of each shot. I don’t know about you, but I love when an artist’s music video matches the feel of the song. Kudos to director, Paul Jung for capturing the emotion accurately.