Originally published on Just Add Color
While we’re still collecting ourselves from the Yoruba imagery in Beyoncé’s “Lemonade,” let’s not sleep on another artist using the religion as a basis for self-expression and family homage.
Princess Nokia paid respect to her Afro-Latinx roots by honoring her family’s Santería and Yoruba religions in “BRUJAS,” which gives a message of black sisterhood and unity. It’s a message we certainly need in these new days of Trump.
The video will certainly hit you in the feels, especially if you’re a black woman feeling downtrodden because your mind, your body, and your soul have been affected in an even greater round of political and social warfare. The overriding message of black feminine power will have you feeling uplifted and ready to take on whatever BS is coming our way because we have higher energy holding us down.
To quote Nylon Magazine:
Its so refreshing to see brown women embraced for their pure divinity. Prepare to be completely mesmerized by all the melanin on your screen. Throughout the visual, [co-director Destiny Frasqueri] and her sisters come together to pray, read, play games, and bond over their connection to a higher power.
Overall, the message is a beautiful conglomerate of feminism, sisterhood, and self-love.”
I agree. We’ve all got to be brujas to deal with the trickery that’s already been in our lives and the new trickery that’s coming. Check out “BRUJAS” below and write about how it empowered you in the comments section below.