Sunday, March 13, 2011

Mama Said There'd Be Days Like This

Girl-group sounds and aesthetics, and the retro grooves and moves of Black music, period, have been ruthlessly mined for quite a few years now. Some good shit has come of it, but so has a lot of uninspired dross. This clip is kind of obvious in a lot of ways, and yet I dig the way it works on so many levels: highlighting the irony of Black folks churning out sweet pop sounds against the backdrop of struggles for basic human rights; underscoring the way in which scorching political reads can be applied to even the most disposable of art; reminding us that throughout America's history, the saying, "the show must go on" has often had a different meaning for Black folks who had to "smile and sell" even as they were roiling inside. "And then I might find / I don't want you any old way..."

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