Poet, activist and author Emanuel Xavier debuts the fabulous new music video for "Legendary (The E-Mix)". The track is from Legendary: The Spoken Word Poetry of Emanuel Xavier, the artist's new spoken word/music collaboration album you can downloaded on iTunes.
The music video is a dreamy and surreal love letter to Latino and black LGBT youth, the ballroom community and gender identity and expression. The lyrics are on-point—"Recognizing their divinity amongst us/She that is God/Him that is goddess/Walking the runway as if it is water"—and accompanied by a fierce throwback house beat. Think "Deep in Vogue" ... with a political twist.
The music video was helmed by French director Arié Ohayon. "I worked with Arié on a previous independent film project and knew he would be the perfect visionary to capture the whole 1990's aesthetic of dance music videos," Emanuel Xavier tells R20. "The track is a tribute to the ballroom scene and, on a not-so-subtle level, it is a celebration of queer people of color and the transgender community. The opportunity to feature some great friends was definitely a special treat, especially when they're shooting overnight at a studio in Williamsburg for you."
Watch it AFTER THE JUMP ...
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