Video Review: Alicia Keys “Underdog”

A twentysomething man waves to a friend as they walk on other side of the sidewalk. Alicia Keys smacks her hands together while standing outside the building. A thirtysomething woman waits for her bus. People raise their hands to the sky and touch them. A fortysomething man talks with his customers as his drives his Lyft car.

The twentysomething man sets up his CD’s at various spots during the day. Keys walks into the building. People dance by her. Three 16-year-old young woman pick up their dresses as they walk on the lawn. Their driver hugs them. The twentysomething woman asks the twentysomething man about his music. While on the bus, she talks to her children on the phone. Her 8-year-old gets out the pot and carries it from the stove. Her 6-year-old plays with cereal on the floor.

The twentysomething man dances in the center while the people clap for him inside the building. The Lyft driver smiles as he listens to the 16-year-old young women talk in the backseat. The twentysomething woman holds her 6-year-old in her arms and dances with her in the family room.

Keys and the group of people dance against a black background.

The twentysomething woman sits with her kids on the couch.

Rating: 4/5

The twentysomething man puts his backpack on the sidewalk and takes a breath. He’d been walking for a good part of the day. So far, he sold about one CD. It was a day better than most. The young man said they had gone to one of his shows last weekend and said they enjoyed it. He thanked the young man for the support. He sings a few songs acapella on the sidewalk as people walk by. Some drop change by him.

A twentysomething woman walks by and says she saw his name on a flyer in the bus. He nods and says he had a performance last weekend. She exclaims that she didn’t realize it was him and buys one of his CDs. She says it’s music she can listen to with her kids. She tucks it in her purse and says she has to get to bus.

On the bus, she calls home and tells her oldest child it’s okay to start dinner. Her oldest child says she’ll make spaghetti. She tells her oldest child to hand the phone to her younger sister. Her youngest daughter asks she likes it when she cooks. She tells her that her older sister knows what to do and it’ll taste as good. She should be home in about an hour. She tells both children she loves them and hangs up the phone. She reminds herself the exhaustion from the extra shifts are temporary. She hated the nights when the bus was late. It took time away from them. However, she had the next two days off in a row.

Director: Wendy Morgan Year: 2020


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

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