Feminsting Jamz video of the week: Vernáculo by Future Brown ft. Maluca

Maluca looks into the camera with sultry eyes and expressive hands framing her faceJust shortly after publishing Jamz’ Best Feminist Music Videos of 2014 list, the consistently brilliant Future Brown — with the help of Jamz fave Maluca — put out a video that definitely should have made the cut. Sigh. I should have known — last year Beyoncé released her visual album the day after that year’s list

But let’s not sweat those details and sink right into this amazingness.

“Vernáculo” is a track off Future Brown’s upcoming album, the second we’ve heard now (make sure to peep “Talkin Bandz” ft. the always amazing Shawnna), and Maluca is a natural fit with the production super-group, delivering smart lyrics and perfectly autotuned vocals over a futuristic reggaeton beat. The video is described as “an exercise in capitalist surrealism,” which is…pretty right on. It takes the visual language of all the makeup and beauty ads you’ve ever seen, remixes them, and turns them slowly into a somewhat grotesque, absurd, and yet completely fascinating display of makeup-spackling, excessive lotioning, and aggressive mascara application. It was commissioned by the Pérez Art Museum Miami and debuted live there on December 4th as part of Art Basel, but the rest of us mortals didn’t catch it until it was posted online yesterday afternoon.

You’ll have to head over to their website to watch it, but I PROMISE it’s worth it.

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Verónica Bayetti Flores has spent the last years of her life living and breathing reproductive justice. She has led national policy and movement building work on the intersections of immigrants' rights, health care access, young parenthood, and LGBTQ liberation, and has worked to increase access to contraception and abortion, fought for paid sick leave, and demanded access to safe public space for queer youth of color. In 2008 Verónica obtained her Master’s degree in the Sexuality and Health program at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. She loves cooking, making art, listening to music, and thinking about the ways art forms traditionally seen as feminine are valued and devalued. In addition to writing for Feministing, she is currently spending most of her time doing policy work to reduce the harms of LGBTQ youth of color's interactions with the police and making sure abortion care is accessible to all regardless of their income.

Verónica is a queer immigrant writer, activist, and rabble-rouser.

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