Watch Jamila Woods’ Video For “Giovanni”

Jamila Woods has released the video for her latest single, “Giovanni”. For the video she taps her friends and family to show the strength of black women, something that she has continuously done throughout her career. As an activist, poet, and performer Jamila Woods has been a staple in not just the Chicago music scene, but also in the struggle for justice for black Chicagoans. The video begins with her Grandmother sharing advice, “If you really want something done, and done well, do it yourself. Nobody else can do it for you. You can’t depend on other folks to do what you want to do, and the way you want it done, so do it yourself. Be your own person. Don’t depend on no man. Cause they’ll let you down.” As it continues the music drops out and other women share their experiences of power.

Inspired by Nikki Giovanni’s poem “Ego Trippin” Woods sings “I be on my Giovanni, tea and honey/ Tell it like I see it/ Speak it so I be it/ My ancestors watch me/ Fairytale walking/ Black Goldilocks, yeah/ My naps just right.” The crisp snares and fluttering melodies in the beat compliment the reserved power of Woods’ voice. Check it out here.

Stephen Kaplan