Grammy Award-winning Singer/Songwriter Maxwell celebrates black beauty in the visual to his latest single "Shame".
The video features models and actresses Maria Borgess, Jeneil Williams, Achok Majak, Riley Montana, Sira Kant and Adonis Bosso.
“We wanted to celebrate beauty. Specifically the beauty of Black women. Black women – Black people – don’t see themselves heralded as a standard of beauty nearly enough in the media, especially in entertainment, high fashion and art. It’s getting better, but we still have so far to go. People of color have carried shame about our features, our hair, our bodies, our skin tone. As I said previously, this song is about removing the cloak of shame and opening up to love… including self-love and love of your culture. So we decided to pay homage to another beautiful video, George Michael’s iconic ‘Freedom’ – but make it Black. The end result is gorgeous, powerful and stunning. This video is a love letter to my women of color. Feel no shame in your skin – you are beyond beautiful.”
"Shame" serves as the lead single from Maxwell's upcoming sixth studio LP NIGHT, the completion of a trilogy that began with 2009’s BLACKsummers’Night and continued with 2016’s BlackSUMMERS’night.