Picture it: A fictional HBCU campus. 1988. That’s when Tisha CampbellMartin played the part of Jane Toussaint in the movie “School Daze”.
There’s this part in the film where Jane puts down her inner diva, and leads a trio of brown-skinned Barbie dolls (Gamma Rays) in a song about not wanting to be away from her man for the evening. The performance was everything.
We knew then that Campbell wasn’t just an actress, but a quadruple threat she could sing, dance, act, and she was fine! No matter how bougie the Gamma Rays came across.
Fast forward to 2015, and the 46-year-old mother, wife, and activist, is quite the accomplished Hollywood threat. She’s acted in some iconic t.v. shows (Martin; My Wife and Kids), played in some very memorable films (Little Shop of Horrors; House Party; Boomerang), and had an album in the 90s that was really dope (Tisha).
Keep everything that I just mentioned in mind while watching her latest music video “Steel Here’, and you will quickly see that Campbell has not lost a beat.
The B. Slade produced track is about forgiving the abuser who violated her when she was 3-years-old, she says.
Back in 2014, Campbell went public about her past abuse when she offered advice to a 20-year-old guest on the show Daily Helpline. While speaking as a guest panelist, she offered words of encouragement to the young woman who was suffering from binge eating and alcohol addiction after she was sexually assaulted at 12-years-old. Campbell told the young girl,
“You can’t play the victim ‘cause at this point, I’m not saying this to put you down or anything. What I’m saying is he’s winning¨ and you are allowing him to win. You are making a conscious decision to harm yourself¨ to hurt yourself and allow this person to still have dominion over your life. You can’t do that anymore.”
In the catchy groove, she delivers a “survivor’s message” on perseverance. She sings ,
Yes I’m on a mission
I know I’m on assignment
The stars are on alignment
I’m ready for this black¨, black, black
Black butter¨ black butterfly
Grab my paint brush of my canvas
And I’ll paint the sky, paint the sky paint the sky°
What’s even better is that she took some time out to explain some elements of her new music video with her Twitter fans.
On the words written across her chest, she tells one of her followers,
As far as the black dress, she says,
Oh, and of course she had to show her choreographer some love! Because that fingerlick thing she did while she was breaking it down was cray. I did not see that coming!
Check it out, and let me know what you think.