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Music Video Roundup: Common, Dreezy, Omarion, Lady Gaga, and Nissi

Reflections on black identity, broken relationships, and more.

Common, "Letter to the Free"

A camera pans through a prison in the black-and-white clip as, scene-by-scene, viewers see the song being built—first with Robert Glasper on the keys, then with Andra Day being backed by a flutist, then Bilal by a trumpeter—but one thing that remains is a mysterious black panel that stays elevated through it all.

Dreezy, "Wasted"

Dreezy reaches her breaking point in a relationship plagued by neglect and the effects of alcohol. As her man ignores her calls and drinks himself into aggression, the singer-rapper's moved on.

Omarion, "Okay OK" feat. C'zar

Omarion takes the mannequin challenge to the max, weaving it in this new video where he and homie C’zar seem to be the only male guests in a house party full of living Barbie dolls. When the action does begin, the two men dance their shirts off as they overlook the beautiful Hollywood Hills.

Lady Gaga, "Million Reasons"

Picking up where "Perfect Illusion" left off, Gaga finds herself distraught in the desert until friends and her entourage rescue her and put her back to work: a music video shoot where she can sing her broken heart out.

Nissi, "Pay Attention"

London-based singer/songwriter Nissi frames her latest video around news imagery of war and protest in this conscious offering that asks us to "Pay Attention" to the suffering and humanity of others. A graceful woman dressed in all white dances throughout the video to remind us that although there is terror in the world, we should still look for beauty and have the freedom to be ourselves.

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