Video Review: Divine “Lately”

In black-and-white, a 10-year-old boy and girl chase each other in the forest.

Nikki, Kia and Tonia walk in the forest. They dance by a tree and ride in a boat together. They perform in the family room of a house. Musicians play the piano and cello by them.

A 30-year-old woman carries her hat and holds onto the column as she stares into her backyard. In black-and-white, she sees herself at 10 years old, racing the boy to a tree. He tugs at the rope of the swing and walks away.

The 30-year-old woman leans on a tree. At 18 years old, the boy gives her a necklace and puts it around her neck. She looks towards the swing. Nikki, Tonia and Kia walk in the backyard. They stand on the balcony.

At 18-years-old, he kisses her as they lie on the lawn. She touches her necklace and holds his hand as he sits in the car. She waves goodbye to him.

At 30-years-old, she sits on the chair in her backyard.

In black-and-white, they stare into each other’s eyes while standing by the tree. As children, they run towards her house.

Rating: 3.5/5

Nikki sees her cousin sitting in the backyard and puts her head down. Her cousin wasn’t ever the same after her first love moved away. Her cousin’s parents believed he was only after the family’s money. They remarked he was over every day and implied he was casing the house. Some jewelry had been stolen and her uncle called the police on him. Nikki had apologized to her aunt and gave back the necklace. She said she borrowed it without asking.

His family had to leave town. People grabbed their purses or locked their doors whenever they saw them. A store clerk turned him away from the general store and said he was banned. Her cousin was silent for weeks afterward. Nikki, Tonia and Kia tried to cheer her up but she stayed in her bedroom, sleeping. She eventually had a break down. Her aunt sent Nikki and her friends home, Nikki kept asking if her cousin was going to be okay. Her aunt told her that she’s not feeling well. The visits to see her cousin during the summer stopped.

Her cousin inherited the house after her parents passed in a tragic car accident. Nikki, Tonia and Kia made it a point to visit her over the summer. Her cousin apologized for not talking much during a board game. Kia told her it was okay. They were happy she was here with them, beating them at the game. A grin would her cross her face and for a split second, they saw the young woman they knew as children.

Director: N/A Year: 1998

Pam Avoledo Administrator
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, and forthcoming in Daily Drunk Mag\'s Kirstofia anthology.

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