Teyana Taylor just released a powerful new music video for her song, “Still”.
The self directed video is an ode to the movement against systemic racism and police brutality. The music video includes footage from recent Black Lives Matter protests, acts of police violence and speeches from Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.
The video begins with the words of MLK Jr., and continues to flip through the names of just a few of the known individuals that have lost their lives to the hands of police brutality.
Throughout the clip, Taylor is dressed as Black Panther Party co-founder Huey P. Newton and Malcolm X, as well as multiple victims of police violence, such as Breonna Taylor and George Floyd.
Since it’s posting on September 2nd, Taylor’s video has received huge amounts of feedback. Multiple music publications have written about the new video, and countless fans have spoken out to give praise and appreciation for the moving piece.
Taylor posted on Instagram to provide a statement about her intentions with the video. She shared, “We are STILL emotional. We STILL keep fighting for love, justice. Yet we STILL keep losing our beautiful black lives.”
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We are STILL emotional. We STILL keep fighting for love, justice. Yet we STILL keep losing our beautiful black lives. Where’s our healing? #STILL official video out now! (Link is in bio) I shot this video a few months ago & its crazy how to this day our cry for love is STILL so relevant today and plans to be for a very long time smh! WE DEMAND CHANGE!!! There wasn’t one day that went by in the editing room that I didn’t shed a tear. Smh This project means so much to me and I’m honored to finally be able to share with you. Thank you to everyone Involved. Director @aspiketeyjoint Executive Producers @theauntiesinc Producer @kpadrenol @meanwhilelax Story Producers @teyanataylor @coco_gilbert MURAL ARTIST: @herbertgalarza CREW: DP @afilmdirector AC @neildearman 2AC @brunavalor STEADI @janicemin AD @adrian.pnut 2nd AD @imthefilmmaker PC @wownetalia Grip @atlantagriptruck @jdubsproduction @samwikina @kolinmurray Gaffer @seancokes Audio Jason Wasden ART DEPARTMENT: @hannahcarlene @mkbuildsatl @jt.photovideo Kayla Jordan Akeria Lumsden EDIT/COLOR: @chrismonsanto @teyanataylor @coco_gilbert @kvnhrtlss GLAM SQUAD: Key Stylist @teyanataylor Wardrobe Assistant @lb_1985 MUA @japanesefaces Key Hair @teyanataylor @hairbykimayacamille Hair Assistant @hairbykimayacamille BTS: @kvnhrtlss @luisvelalp @programlabs PA NATION: Kayla Reese Anika Cameron Joshua Doughty @therealjayscott LOCATION: @studiospaceatlanta MEDIC: Walter Stower CATERING: @chefmelh SPECIAL THANKS: @valiantpictures
“Still” appeared on Taylor’s recent album, The Album, which arrived on Juneteenth. Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, comes each year on June 19th to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States.
The Album includes collaborations from artists like Erykah Badu, Missy Elliott, Ms. Lauryn Hill and Quavo.
Watch Taylor’s moving video below.