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Drake’s, ‘Nice for What’: Celebrates Black women in front of and behind the camera, and we’re here for it..


Drake dropped his recent new single ‘Nice for what’ a few day’s ago, and the internet went “crazy”, as many people had a lot to say about the visual.

 The video stars Issa Rae, Tiffany Haddish, Rashida Jones, Yara Shahidi, Zoe Saldana, Syd, Misty Copeland, Tracee Ellis Ross, Jourdan Dunn, and Letitia Wright. It is a great bunch of star studded, powerful women of color. We all know that it’s always refreshing to see a hip hop video, that uplifts and celebrates Black women, as oppose to having us flaunting over some rap artist (which is all fine), but the change of depiction is dope! 

A lot of this has to do with the fact that the video was directed by a Black woman.  Karena Evans is a 22-year-old director from Toronto, Canada. She also directed Drakes visuals to ‘God’s Plan’. Evans is now a well sought out director, who is rising in the industry.

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With ‘Nice for what”, Drake sampled the queen Lauryn Hill’s classic song ‘Ex- Factor’, from her album that was released in 1998 ‘The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill’.
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In the video we see Issa Rae looking stunning as ever, in a green gown. She is in a meeting full of older white men, and she stands up and demands for them to sit down.
You then have Tiffany Haddish, looking gorgeous puffing on a cigar, giving us boss woman vibes, as she effortlessly makes you smile with her funny personality.


Yara Shahidi, is looking flawless as she is surrounded by books, while repping her school (Harvard University).  Syd, a beautiful singer, who identifies as a queer woman, is seen relaxing and chilling with who seems to be a significant other. 

 Jourdan Dunn, the gorgeous model, in her cameo, is seen sitting on a horse looking powerful. Zoe Saldana, is glowing as she plays with her children. Tracee Ellis Ross, is freely dancing in a field, with a beautiful silver jumpsuit on, and Misty Copeland is seen doing what she does best, dancing ever so elegantly in a white leotard, showing off her skills.


And then you have Letitia Wright, a star from the film ‘Black Panther’, also known as the “princess of wakanda”, dancing freely in a red jacket, and brushing her shoulders off, giving you a hip hop feel. She is also no stranger when it comes to getting on the mic and freestyling.<img class="alignnone size-


This video is filled with cameos full of powerful Black women, being sexy, fun, powerful, and free. Much respect to Drake for having women star in ‘Nice for what’, by doing what they do best, existing and shining as Black women.

Click the link and check out the video to Drake’s ‘Nice for what’ below:




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