Black female artists are up against a lot when it comes to taking on the music industry. Mainstream media doesn't always give them the props they deserve, and a lot of their work just doesn't get as much exposure as some of their counterparts.
As a reminder of what the lack of diversity in the entertainment industry leaves people missing out on, we've gathered 13 of the best music video by black women that came out in the past year. There's huge diversity in the genres their music represents--some rap, some soul, some electric--but they've all united by incredible talent and some serious badassery.
1. Azalea Banks, "Chasing Time."
Azealia throws it back to the 90s in this vogue-heavy video that reminds us of TLC's "No Scrubs" and Aaliyah's "Try Again." The dancing here makes it deserve a spot among the giants.
2. FKA Twigs, "Two Weeks."
It's clear why the British artist's video is in the running for Best Cinematography at this year's MTV VMAs.
3. Nicki Minaj ft. Beyonce, "Feeling Myself."
4. Janelle Monáe ft. Solange, "Electric Lady."
Janelle pays tribute to the black Greek life in Electric Lady, which features step routines we wish made their way into music videos way more often.
5. Lolawolf, "Every Fuckin Day."
Lolawolf is fronted by Zoë Kravitz, whom you might recognize as Nakia in Dope and as Lenny Kravitz's daughter in real life. The video itself is pretty trippy and complements the song quite well.
6. Tink, "Ratchet Commandments."
7. Rihanna ft. Kanye West and Paul McCartney, "FourFiveSeconds."
Rihanna and Kanye went acoustic with some random guy they found.
8. Junglepussy, "Nah."
Any song with the line "I'm up in Trader Joes, shopping cart full of health" deserves all the awards.
9. Lianne La Havas, "Unstoppable."
Lianne La Havas is creating some of the most gorgeous music in R&B right now, and "Unstoppable" reminds us she has no intention of relenting.
10. Jennifer Hudson, "I Still Love You."
There are plenty of marriage equality anthems out there, but none are as danceable as this one.
11. Seinabo Sey, "Pistols At Dawn."
Watch the Swedish pop signer keep it super sylvan and super glamorous.
12. Ibeyi, "River."
Just don't get too distracted with wondering how they're holding their breath that long to appreciate this song itself.
13. Jhené Aiko, "Spotless Mind."
Get strung along by Jhené Aiko here.