It’s apparent that Black History Month is getting blacker by the day with releases galore featuring and celebrating black excellence. Supergroup August Greene is the latest in the line to do so. Just a few weeks ago they delivered their refix of Sounds of Blackness‘ “Optimistic” and now we have the visuals. We get to see group members Common, Robert Glasper and Karriem Riggins in the studio with songstress Brandy when they got together to record the track in the studio.
While we’re already stoked to catch all the talent in one room, the visual takes it up a notch by showcasing beautiful black people of all ages from Jackson, Mississippi. The video directed by B+ features footage of black youth being free and scenes with elders in their everyday element. During the six-minute video, you’ll catch Mississippi-based civil rights activists including Hollis Watkins and Frankye Adams Johnson, farmer Dr. Cindy Ayers Elliot, activist theatre troupe Maddrama Performance Group and Jackson’s Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba and his family.
August Greene arrives on March 9th exclusively via Amazon Music. To get yourself good and ready for its release, watch the video for “Optimistic” right here and get your double dose of black music and history all in one.