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Watch: Jay-Z Recreates ‘Friends’ With An Entirely Black Cast In New Music Video
By Dorothy Tan, 08 Aug 2017
Video screenshot via Frazier Tharpe
Last Friday, rapper Jay-Z released the music video for his new song Moonlight exclusively on Tidal—it is probably not what you would expect.
In a poignant move to highlight Hollywood’s diversity problem, the music video features a recreation of the very popular “uber-white sitcom” Friends that features an entirely black cast.
It stars, black actors Jerrod Carmichael (as Ross Geller), Issa Rae (as Rachel Green), Tiffany Haddish (as Phoebe Buffay), Tessa Thompson (as Monica Geller), Lakeith Stanfield (as Chandler Bing) and Lil Rel Howery (as JoeyTribbiani).
In addition to the iconic Friends opening credits, they also recreated well-known scenes from the episode ‘The One Where No One’s Ready’. This video—which is commonly known as Jay-Z’s response to the La La Land / Moonlight Oscar mix-up—is a powerful and thought-provoking commentary on the politics of representation in the entertainment industry.
If you are not on Tidal, you can still view screenshots of the video on social media—scroll down for some of these images.
What do you think of Jay-Z’s latest music video?
[via Huffington Post]
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