Justin Centeno CONV 2

I believe that she wanted to the listeners to hear a message about female empowerment and black empowerment. It also pushes to accept and love things about one’s own people and/or heritage. I honestly don’t remember my first reaction or even my first time hearing the song fully through, but it does give a since of strength and confidence for oneself. Matsouka helps convey the message and them by shooting in unique ways and in unique locations. Such as using a Bolex camera for a grainy look. Another way is that she rented a museum in Pasadena and decorated it so that it turned what would appear to be a plantation house and would signify a place of power for white slave owners and then flip it on its head. One use of emotive language is “I like my baby heir with baby hair and afros”. Another is “I dream it, I work hard, I grind ‘til I own it. One helps in showing love for oneself and traits that have been gained from one’s own heritage or race. While the other helps signify empowerment by showing that one can start something as a dream and make it a reality no matter what. I honestly never knew this was a controversial song. The only way I can imagine it being controversial is because some people don’t appreciate when someone shares pride in ones people and heritage while also showing how amazing their people are or can be.

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