Last week there was no avoiding the discussion that was sparked around the dissemination and use of negative stereotypes associated with hip-hop artists and relayed by powerful brands like Pepsi-Co. Therefore what a better way to start this week than by watching this new video from The Black Constellation — a creative entity comprised musically of Shabazz Palace and THEESatisfaction and director Maikoiyo Alley Barnes – as a reminder that art also exists to challenge those stereotypical notions. Shout out to OkayPlayer for the find. You can watch the video after the jump, let us know what you think.
Sparkles is a gorgeous short piece of cinematography and sound, one that uses color and detail to craft a unique piece of art that defies categorization in either area. The Black Constellation explain that their work “combines the astral and the earthly; the gorgeous with the abjectly honest; the ancient with the as of yet unimagined… All the while remaining in constant communion with the Sacred.”