Mini-me pop

Jessie Ware

Rediscovered Jessie Ware’s record earlier this week, and have been unable to stop playing my favourite track off it, Sweet Talk. It’s Sade 2.0, basically, and I AM HERE FOR IT. Inevitably, I went and watched the video again, and was charmed anew by its cuteness. Little Jessie, making all the faces of older Jessie, […]

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Black Fridays: What’s Race Got To Do With It?

I read a fantastic piece on Jezebel several months back, written by Danielle Belton of The Black Snob. The article was about the tiers of commercial celebrity gossip which exist within mainstream media. Citing the then-recent Alicia Keys/Swizz Beats nuptials, Belton explained why the mainstream media did not mention the controversy surrounding their union – […]

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Whip It Good!

At the time of writing this post, Black Twitter was in a frenzy of retweeting links. I refuse to be ashamed at how enthused I was to see the new video for Willow Smith’s single Whip My Hair. It’s a catchy little pop tune that doesn’t feature rude boys giving it up, or brushing teeth with […]

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It Ain’t My Fault

Seriously, someone needs to tell Mos Def that I’m tired of waiting for him to come sweep me off my feet. His presence is only half the reason why I can’t stop playing this video, found via HarlemLoves. The music – a reworked version of New Orleans jazz legend Smokey Johnson’s song It Ain’t My Fault - also features Lenny […]

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40 Licks

I don’t know about you, but I get all the information I need to live from music videos. For instance, I’ve learned that unless my abs are scarily hard, I must not expose them to the public [Fergie, in any post-2003 Black Eyed Peas video]. I also learned that the best way to get revenge on […]

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Toni Braxton: Grown and Sexy

A few months ago at Stoke Newington’s Rose and Crown pub quiz, a question came up that only three people in the entire pub knew the answer to. The question was, “Who released the album Secrets in 1996?” I didn’t even hesitate. It was, of course, Toni Braxton. I have loved Toni since the early 1990s, when […]

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Have You Met Ms Monáe?

Janelle Monáe is impossibly cute and impossibly talented. I first heard of her a few years ago when she appeared in Idlewild, the OutKast film. Next I heard of her was when she released Many Moons, an old school stomper of a track, with a Fifth Element-type manic video, and Andre 3000-esque dancing. It’s not […]

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The (Imagined?) Politics of The R&B Music Video

Please excuse the incoherence that’s about to unfold. So there I was in the gym yesterday, running 10 kilometres (WOO!) to nowhere, when the new Timberlake and Timbaland video came on. Accordingly, and with the appropriate amount of consideration behind it, here are a few rambling thoughts on R&B videos. (FYI, I’m including all mainstream ‘Black’ […]

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