Video Review: Drake “Nice For What”

On the second floor of a kelly green lit restaurant, Olivia Wilde dances by her table and walks down a staircase. Lit in Parisian blue, Misty Copeland bends over the ropes in a boxing ring and moves on the mat en pointe. Drake roller skates at a sapphire lit rink. Wilde throws the dishes and silverware off the table. Wilde lies down on the table.

Issa Rae, inside a conference room in an office building, listens as fiftysomething male executives shout over one another in a meeting. As papers fly, Rae tells the men to sit down. In the back of a limousine, Rashida Jones puts on lipstick. In black-and-white, Jourdan Dunn rides a horse in the forest. It switches to a dusky blue. Rae points to her a piece of paper stating, “I do this.”

Wearing a silver sequined dress, Tracee Ellis Ross dances by some asymmetrical triangles in the mountains. Tiffany Haddish  exhales smoke from her cigar. Yara Shahidi walks on a skywalk, connecting a marigold painted highrise to the other side. While the sun shines through the window, Zoe Saldana plays with her kids in her family room. Wearing a Harvard hoodie, Shahidi studies inside a dining hall.

Haddish, sitting in a silver, laser lit throne, dances in place. Elizabeth and Victoria Lejonhjärta, wearing ruby red crop tops and matching pants, sit side by side on their thrones. Letitia Wright dances and brushes off her shoulder while on the balcony of her apartment building. Lit in Parisian blue, Bria Vinaite races another person in an indoor track.

Wilde sits at the table and pours wine. Saldana kisses one of her children, Haddish blows bubbles. Vinaite takes off her helmet and laughs. Emma Roberts dives into a closed pool and spits out water. At night, Syd and a friend sit on a cardinal red carpet and look at the skyline. Michelle Rodriguez closes her eyes and meditates. Rodriguez levitates in the air.

Rating: 5/5

Almost all the women featured have used their platforms to speak up about current events, make history or leverage their social media success into an accomplished career. Olivia Wilde is involved in politics and encourages people to vote. She is also on the Board of Directors for the ACLU in southern California. Dancer Misty Copeland became the first African-American woman. to be named principal for the American Ballet Theatre.

Issa Rae created the Youtube series Awkward Black Girl, which found a large audience outside the medium. It led to the HBO television show Insecure Rashida Jones, in addition to acting, has been a contributing editor to Teen Vogue. Jourdan Dunn is the first British model to make the Forbes list in 2014. Tracee Ellis Ross earned a nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Role for the Emmys and was the first to do so since 1984. Tiffany Haddish became the first African-American woman stand-up comedian to host Saturday Night Live on November 11, 2017. Yara Shahidi started eighteenx18.com, which provides information for 18-year-olds to vote. Elizabeth and Veronica Lejonhjärta began their career by posting Instagram. They have modeled for H&M and were picked by Drake for his Views album art. Bria Viniate was discovered by director Sean Baker also on Instagram and starred in the lead role of his film, The Florida Project.

Zoe Saldana and Michelle Rodriguez broke out in their careers by starring in franchises, such as Star Trek and The Fast and The Furious, respectively. Syd, though, is starting out and still has time to develop her music. Letitia Wright, like Haddish, has had a starmaking role in the Black Panther film.

Emma Roberts, though, is known for beating up her fiance and getting fired from film sets. She somehow managed to be on Scream Queens for the entirety of its run. Showing up for work without creating press about her bad behavior is an accomplishment. However, unlike Viniate and Rae, who created their online presence and promoted their work, she hasn’t earned her spot. Her career seems to have survived only due to being Julia Roberts’ niece.

Drake, by featuring an all-female cast, states that it’s women who truly have the power in the entertainment industry. Whether it’s online, dance or acting, they can change it with one role or post.

Director: Karena Evans Year: 2018

 

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