Using a moodily glistening beat with serious kick, twigs floats in her falsetto with plaintive wishes for fairness and acceptance for people that look like here. Headie One takes over with a verse that toils more in the daily grind, brashly listing the stresses and strains of life in the UK for young black men.
The themes of “Don’t Judge Me” are continued in the video by Emmanuel Adjei. He says:
“THE INVISIBLE OPPRESSOR
From someone’s appearance, we are unable to judge whether a person discriminates over color, sex, religion, or gender. The oppressors within the people surrounding us, most often remain invisible until their abuse against others is revealed. This is one of the reasons why, for generations, discrimination is so hard to fight. Who must the victim fight against if it can’t identify the perpetrator?
In this audio-visual document we get to witness artists FKA Twigs and Headie One, amongst other Black British influentials, fighting against invisible forces of judgement and oppression. Having the enormous Victorian-inspired fountain ‘Fons Americanus’ by visual artist Kara Walker – depicting the historical, sorrowful story of slavery and colonization – as our setting, and particularly as the spirit of the film, this important monument creates another layer of depth and meaning to an invisible yet shared history.”
Watch “Don’t Judge Me” below.
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