Video Review: Destiny’s Child "Bills, Bills Bills"

At the beauty salon, Beyoncé is telling her boyfriend that he’s not getting her car today. He says that they can talk. She smacks the keys into his chest and tells him to go. The women underneath the hair dryers turn their heads towards the reception desk, where the fight occurred.

Beyoncé, Kelly, LaTavia and LeToya work on their clients’ hair and talk. Beyonce brushes her client’s hair. After apologizing, she tells her about her boyfriend. Her client nods as she explains she’s had enough. Beyonce says he once ate all the leftovers and she had nothing for the week. Her client jaw drops in horror. Beyonce says that is the least damaging story she can tell about him.

At their stations, the group evaluate their clients’ hair and then takes off their capes. Their clients leave their chairs and the group spins around in them. They perform a routine.

LeToya high-fives her client. Kelly points her brush toward her co-workers as she explains a story, asking for everyone’s opinion.

In an olive-green marbled room, the groups stands. Above them are men in windows, with labels attached to them. The Tired man lies on the couch and talks on the phone all day.  The Broke man inputs numbers on a calculator. The Good For Nothin’ man sits on a chair, talking on his phone. The Triflin’ man flips through his bills.

LeToya chimes in to the conversation. Beyoncé says she deserves better. Her client nods in agreement. LaTavia gives someone a high-five. A woman walks in and throws her wig down on the ground and leaves.

On a dark stage, behind sky blue squares, the group performs a routine.

The receptionist talks on the phone as the doors to the salon close.

Rating: 4/5

Beyoncé won’t let her kindness be taken for weakness any longer. Her boyfriend has been spending on her credit card and stiffing her with the bill. He constantly uses her car, leaving her to rely on her friends to take her to work. Then, he has the nerve to come to work, asking for more. She tells him to go. He asks as though he hasn’t done anything wrong. She gives her to keys to appease to him.

After the incident, she spills to her client. Kelly Rowland says she needs to cut the cord. However, LaTavia and LeToya concentrate on styling their clients’ hair. LaTavia tries to say something but it’s too late into the conversation.

A visual is provided for women on what to look for in a man who will use them: someone who doesn’t work and sits on the couch all day (unemployed, refuses to find work), a man constantly on the calculator (can’t budget and spends beyond his means), and someone with piles of bills (unpaid and overdue). The Good For Nothin’ man, though, is redundant and is really no different from Tired man, other than the choice of furniture. Good For Nothin’ seems shadier than the others.

The gossipy, bubbling energy of the beauty salon subsides on stage with the sky blue squares as the group performs a quick routine. The metallic Parisian blue outfits, with curling cutouts on each group members, turns them into a puzzle that needs to be pieced together.

Director: Darren Grant Year: 1999


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Pam Avoledo spends her time binge-watching classic teen dramas and stands firm in her pro-Leyton stance. She also received her journalism degree in 2006 from Oakland University. Her work has been published in the White Wall Review, Sledgehammer Lit ,Greatest City Collective, 45 Magazine ,Fevers of the Mind, Daily Drunk Mag\'s Kirstofia anthology. and forthcoming in Scrawl Place

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