Watch The-Dream's Video for "Black"
Thu, 03 Jul 2014 10:26:41
In the week that we will celebrate America's independence, The-Dream has dropped his video for the new single "Black."
The video portrays various groups under the very real threat of oppression. Marching in unison, the video touches on those who feel alienated by racism, classism, religion, politics and sexual preference. Along with recent events from Chiraq to South Africa to the Ukraine, these movements serve as the emotional backbone of "Black."
Of the song and the video, The-Dream said, "I needed to take a step in a direction away from my comfort zone and do and say and sing something worthwhile, I think this way all the time, and I spend most of my day in the battle of being Black and being a minority. Money has not changed my status in the department of racism and or classism. I take a step in this direction in order to no longer ignore the real part of life that exists after I walk out of a studio, after I take an award at a show, and after I drop my kids off to school. America is still broken. I only wish to help bring these broken ways to light so we can fix our hearts, and make this dream a reality and not a segregated dream filled with false hope."
It's deep, provocative and thoughtful stuff.
"Black" was inspired by the life and death of Nelson "Mr. Madiba" Mandela, whose birthday is also upon us on July 18, and pays tribute to a number of revolutionary leaders who sacrificed so much to break down the walls of oppression both literally and figuratively and continue to do so today.
To portray an authentic representation of his message, and to honor Mandela, The-Dream traveled to Langa Township, South Africa to film the video and work with Woodkid collaborator Daniel Sanwald who directed it.
"Black" is the first new release by The-Dream since he reunited with long time songwriting and production partner and fellow Grammy Award-winner Tricky Stewart. Those two are putting finishing touches to numerous releases for this autumn. Huzzah!
Now, watch the video for "Black" below.
What did you think of The-Dream's video for "Black?"