Boyz II Men member Shawn Stockman‘s debut album was a long time in the making, and his solo dreams finally came true this spring with the release of Foreword. Slim has been making waves with the project in the midst of the pandemic and bringing fans of his soulful brand of R&B what they want and need. He has something extra special for his Black female fanbase with the release of the music video for his loving ballad “All I Do.”
The clip starts off with a dedication: “This is dedicated to my wife Sharhonda, and in honor of the women in this world, and those who now dwell in the spirit world, whose legacy is to make life more untroubled, and more heavenly. Whose foundation is always compassion, quality and protection. I love u!” his personal message reads. Scenes follow with a range of Black women gracing the screen. There are photos and footage of famous faces like former First Lady Michelle Obama, Senator Kamala Harris and Ava DuVernay alongside regular Black women of all ages, shapes, sizes and shades. Toward the end of the visual we see the smiling faces of young Black girls representing the next generation.
“If this year has shown us anything, it’s what and whom we should be grateful for. This is my way of paying homage to the ‘riders,’” Shawn says of the video that features him sporadically throughout but it’s really all about the ladies. For a song about a love that has staying power to stick it out through the good and the bad, this visual tribute to Black women gives it a deeper meaning and context.
“All I Do” can be found on Shawn Stockman’s album Foreword, which is currently available for purchase from a variety of digital music providers.