Twigs (real name Tahliah Barnett) announced the team-up yesterday (January 25), revealing that she co-directed its official visuals herself alongside Emmanuel Adjei, who’s previously worked with the likes of Madonna and Beyoncé.
According to a press release, the ‘Don’t Judge Me’ video deals with the experience of being Black and British in the modern world, and represents a shared “struggle against an invisible oppressor – propagated by cultural, systemic and structural biases – that is often hard to see and even harder to overcome”.
Appearing in the clip alongside Twigs and Headie One are the likes of poet and Black Lives Matter activist Solomon O.b, writer Reni Eddo-Lodge, model and activist Kukua Williams, musician and poet Benjamin Zephaniah, dancer and singer Lisa Elde, mental health advocate Nicole Crentsil, model Danto Earth and DJ/presenter Clara Amfo.
Twigs was styled in all Black designers for the video, with the clothes available via global fashion platform Farfetch.
Speaking of the project, Adjei explained: “In this audio-visual document we get to witness artists FKA Twigs and Headie One, amongst other Black British influentials, fighting against invisible forces of judgement and oppression.
“Having the enormous Victorian-inspired fountain ‘Fons Americanus’ by visual artist Kara Walker – depicting the historical, sorrowful story of slavery and colonization – as our setting, and particularly as the spirit of the film, this important monument creates another layer of depth and meaning to an invisible yet shared history.”
Meanwhile, FKA Twigs has recalled the “horrific” racial abuse she faced while dating Robert Pattinson. She told Louis Theroux that she was subjected to “hurtful and ignorant” comments from some of the actor’s fans during their three-year relationship.