Music Video

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2017 Favorite: N.E.R.D and Rihanna's 'Lemon' Video

The Colorlines team is sharing our favorite 2017 videos, books, hashtags, movies and more. Here, contributing editor Ayana Byrd explains why “Lemon” is so amazing. 

Moment of Joy: Tarica June's 'Selfie' Video Celebrates Natural Beauty of Black Girls

It’s impossible to watch these girls reveling in their hair and skin without grinning.

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WATCH: A Tribe Called Quest Inspires Mass Protest in New Music Video

The politically charged “We the People…” features on the group’s final album, “We Got it From Here…Thank You 4 Your Service.”

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Vic Mensa Survives Police Violence in Provocative New '16 Shots' Video

The rapper’s new video, which premiered as a Tidal exclusive this weekend, features snippets from the video of Laquan McDonald’s death at the hands of former Chicago Police Department officer Jason Van Dyke.

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Riz Ahmed and Heems Slam TSA Profiling, Donald Trump in Swet Shop Boys' New 'T5' Music Video

The actor/rapper and ex-Das Racist member join forces as the duo Swet Shop Boys. They endure a surreal TSA “random search” in the video for a song off their upcoming album. 

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Rapper Kemba is in 'Groundhog Day' Hell as He Relives Police Harrassment in New Music Video

Kemba, formerly known as YCTheCynic, also co-directed the video.


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Jamila Woods Salutes Assata Shakur, Rosa Parks and #BlackGirlMagic in Powerful 'Blk Girl Soldier' Video

The singer, songwriter and poet’s solo debut, “Heavn,” drops later this month.

PREMIERE: Punk Band Giant Kitty Fights Post-its and Prejudice in 'This Stupid Stuff' Video

Lead singer Miriam Hakim: “Little (and big) instances of prejudice and discrimination don’t make it easier to take, they tear you down more and make it harder to focus on things you actually want to focus on.”

Saul Williams Hits Ferguson Streets for Stark New Music Video

“The Noise Came From Here” also features Marcellus Buckley, a poet and friend of Michael Brown. 

WATCH The Video For 'Freedom,' a Musical Tribute to #BlackLivesMatter

The video for Taína Asili’s song links contemporary activism to the Underground Railroad. 

WATCH: Missy Elliott and Pharrell Crush 'WTF' on 'The Voice' Season Finale

Missy and Pharrell were joined by marionette versions of themselves, because why not? 

WATCH: Jill Scott’s New Video Has All the Feelings

From Black boys lost to failed relationships, Jilly from Philly’s new video will put you in your feelings—then help you climb out.

WATCH: Missy’s New Video is Everything

It has everything: Blue lipstick, lots of sparkles, that thing where marionettes that look like Missy and Pharrell dance…

WATCH: Check Out The Incendiary Music Video For M-Dot's Bombastic 'Shine'

The animated music video for the Boston MC’s stirring single, featuring Method Man, Dominique Larue and Katy Gunn, shows an uprising of the oppressed that’ll hit you right in the feels. 

WATCH: Tisha Campbell-Martin Triumphs Over Sexual Assault In New Video

The “School Daze” and “Martin” star made an explosive return to music with “Steel Here.” 

Desi Star of Rihanna's New Video: 'You Don't See a Whole Lot of Desi Girls Doing Stuff Like This.'

Sanam, the Desi woman who Rihanna found on Instagram before casting her in the infamous “Bitch Better Have My Money” music video, opened up to Vice about the video and her newfound Internet fame. 

VIDEO: 'Bitch Better Have My Money' Puts Rihanna Back In Controversy

The video for the superstar’s trap-heavy new single, which features sensational and lurid depictions of kidnapping and murder, has garnered significant controversy.