This Famous Singer's Music Video Will Leave You Broken

A powerful, much-needed spotlight.

Mary J. Blige, a 25-year veteran of the music industry, is no stranger to including important messages in her work, but despite its minimalist black-and-white trappings, her latest music video might be the most powerful of all.

The video, made to accompany Blige's single "Whole Damn Year," tackles the topics of physical and emotional abuse with the complexity and empathy only a survivor can offer. Blige, who has spoken about her experiences previously, portrays situations survivors find themselves in with uncomfortable honesty, while singing a song that, in part, reasserts her power over her own body.

Watch the video below.