Video Review: K. Michelle “Can’t Raise A Man”

In black-and-white, a twentysomething man clenches his fists. A twentysomething woman cries as she sits in a chair. She lifts her head, revealing the bruise underneath her eye. In color, K. Michelle stands by a waterfall in the Great Falls of Passaic River in Paterson, New Jersey.

Back in black-and-white, a second twentysomething man talks in his car with a second twentysomething woman. A third twentysomething woman runs up to his car and opens the door. As he gets out, she shouts at the second twentysomething woman. The second twentysomething woman yells back as he holds the third twentysomething woman back.

A fourth twentysomething woman checks the third twentysomething man’s eyes as he sits in a chair, rolling his head. She sits on the floor by him. On the table, she picks up the needle and cries. The twentysomething man turns the twentysomething woman’s chin towards him. She leans into his chest. The second twentysomething man talks with the third twentysomething woman. The men stand by a wall and smile. Michelle continues to stand by the waterfall.

Rating: 3.5/5

The fourth twentysomething woman writes R.I.P. on the post, stating the death of the third twentysomething man. His mom messages her, saying they’d like to see her at the funeral. He did care for her but he wasn’t able to straighten himself up. She writes back, saying it’ll be too hard.

His death seemed anti-climatic. Every day, she checked his pulse and was alarmed to see him awake. She and his family tried an intervention. He went missing for almost a month. She thought he was gone then. The police found him wandering on the sidewalk, talking to himself. She had mourned him. Her family asked her to come home and concentrate on herself.

The third twentysomething woman turns a page in her romance book. Her boyfriend sits beside her and types on his laptop. He nudges her toes with his and she giggles. She continues to read, knowing her boyfriend was okay and breathing next to her.

Director: Benny Boom Year: 2014

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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.