Video Review: Alicia Keys, Nicky Jam & Rauw Alejandro “Underdog (Remix)”

Against a black background, a spotlight shines on an animated Alicia Keys, Nicky Jam and Raw Alejandro. Alejandro sings into the microphone at the studio and takes off his headphones. He presses some keys on the sound board and glances out the window. On the sidewalk, he sees a 10-year-old boy walking on crutches. His mom puts his hand on his back as he takes a step.

The 10-year-old boy trips in physical therapy. A 16-year-old girl falls to the ground as it rains. She clutches her pregnant belly. A person throws out her bag. She walks by herself at night on the sidewalk. A 10-year-old girl heads towards the goal in a soccer match and gets tripped by a second 10-year-old girl. The 10-year-old girl stares her down. The ball lands on the sidewalk. Keys put her foot on it. The 10-year-old runs up to her. Keys kicks the ball back to her. She walks past the street vendors.

Jam doodles his notebook as he sits on a bench. He sees the 16-year-old girl carry her baby and walk onto the bus. She holds her baby as she does her homework. As a twentysomething woman, she walks with her 10-year-old son on the sidewalk. The 10-year-old boy dances with his mom in the family room. Now, a twentysomething man, he walks with his mom to an audition. He performs an routine for the judges. The now-twentysomething woman holds up her jersey as cameras flash. Tears well up in her eyes.

The now-thirtysomething woman takes off the stethoscope as she walks out of the hospital. The now-twentysomething woman waves to people as she leaves the stadium. The now-twentysomething man closes the door as he walks out of the dance academy. Alejandro rides a skateboard on the sidewalk. Jam walks across the street. The now-thirtysomething woman smiles at Jam at the park. The now-twentysomething woman throws the soccer ball in the air. It lands at another park, where a group of 10-year-old children play.

Rating: 4/5

The thirtysomething woman listens to the heart of 15-year-old girl. Something didn’t sound right. She tells the 15-year-old girl they are going to run some tests and she gives the instructions to the intern. The 15-year-old, between breaths, says she’s scared. The thirtysomething woman holds her hand and tells her they’ll find out what’s going on and she can do it. The 15-year-old girl repeats that she can do it. The thirtysomething woman sits at the picnic table on her break. The 15-year-old girl reminded her so much of her. She checks her pager over and over. The results had to be coming soon.

She listens to her voicemail. Her 15-year-old son was going over a friend’s house after school. She calls up the friend’s house and leaves a message. Her son was growing up so fast. At school, there was girl he liked. She had reiterated him about condoms and birth control. Her son had told her he understood. However, she worried every day.

Her pager beeps. The results had come back. It was atrial fibrillation. She heaves a sigh of relief. The 15-year-old girl may just need a pacemaker. She tried to not to get too close to her patients. The 15-year-old girl, though, was an exception. As she discusses surgery with the 15-year-old girl and her parents, she tells her she’s done so well. She’ll be with her throughout surgery. The 15-year-old girl grins and says she’s going to get better. The thirtysomething woman smiles and says she has to set up the surgery.

Director: Marlon Villar Year: 2021

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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 and forthcoming in Daily Drunk Mag\'s Kristofia anthology.