British duo MELONYX has had us under the spell of their Black Girl Magic all summer with their new EP Black Elixir, celebrating all things Black women. That celebration continues in the music video for their single "Melanin Queens."
“This is an ode to Black women and girls everywhere,” MELONYX members Georgia Copeland and Nadia Latoya stated via press release about "Melanin Queens." The song is a love letter to Black women praising all of our shades, hues, shapes, sizes and features. "This one's for my melanin queens / This is for the girls that look like me," the soulful sisters harmonize on the chorus of the jazzy track produced by Joe Buddha. The song is a whole mood, which is replicated in its video.
MELONYX invite viewers into a photoshoot for the "Melanin Queens" visual directed by Ernest Simons. Georgia and Nadia serve casual looks accented by vibrant Ankara print bonnets covering their hair, a clear nod to the discussion of Black women wearing bonnets in public that set social media ablaze a few months ago. The duo aren’t the only ones posing for the camera, however. They are joined by a room full of Black women from their tribe of friends and family. The set feels like a good old girlfriends get-together full of Black joy and melanated beauty.
With its unapologetic display of Black girls and women just being and enjoying themselves, the “Melanin Queens” clip is speaking our love language. Peep the video below and, if you haven’t already, make sure to check out MELONYX's Tru Thoughts debut Black Elixir.