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Erykah Badu’s Window Seat

Erykah Badu

US soul sensation Erykah Badu released her new single last week backed up by a hugely controversial video that has been banned by You Tube. The single Window Seat is taken from her new album New Amerykah Part Two.

The video shows the slow disrobing and assassination of Ms Badhu set in the context of the killing of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas Texas in 1965.

The video shows a black woman removing her clothes as she walks along a Dallas street. This symbolic act has a profound cultural context and is resonant with people of African descent communities in terms of a traditional female response to acute stress or fear.

The symbolism of the act of undressing is also rejection of societal conformity and an expression of black individualism. The video ends with her being shot caught in the crossfire of an assassin’s bullet, an all too familiar ending for those who pursue progressive politics that challenge US vested interests.

This is a powerful video that’s sure to generate debate.

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