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Live Your Life: 22 Random Things To Do Instead Of Watching The Inauguration

Inauguration Day is here. Let us help you find other things to do.

Inauguration weekend is upon us. Thousands of the president-elect's supporters will make their way to the nation's Capitol Building to witness the swearing-in of the soon-to-be president of the United States. Musicians (both expected and unexpected) will perform patriotic or entertaining numbers before thousands of onlookers, standing together on the National Mall just to witness a historic moment. The elected candidate and his soon-to-be vice president will head down Pennsylvania Avenue with members of the armed forces for a parade ending at the White House. And, of course, two inaugural balls will happen in one night as supporters dance until the break of dawn at the National Building Museum.

But you already knew all of this. What you may have already also realized is that there are so many other productive and relaxing things to do by yourself and/or with family & friends during this year's inaugural celebration. To give you more ideas and inspiration, we, the VIBE Tribe, have decided to compile this list of activities you can do from about 11 am on Friday, January 20th until about 11:59 pm on Sunday, January 22nd. We hope you choose one of these things. If not, that is okay. Either way, you're welcome.


1. Take A Trip To The Spa
There's nothing like dedicating 24 hours to yourself, especially when your mental capacity might get bombarded by non-stop Trump headlines. The spa is a great way to kick your feet up and get pampered, or take a day off from the daily 9 to 5 routine and plan a staycation. Hopefully, it'll become a habit to make sure you pencil in a "me day" every once in a while and rejuvenate yourself not only from the outside, but within as well.

2. Work Out Like There’s No Tomorrow
Granted it’s if not unsafe to really go hard in the gym; you’d be more prone to injury. But take that same focus on getting your summer body in order, to your local gym or exercise facility. Instead of browsing through your Instagram or Facebook, waiting to see if Snoop Dogg has roasted any black musicians in attendance at the inauguration, add a challenge to your usual or new fitness routine. Pick up the pace, add more of any incline or move to whole new machine altogether.

3. Visit A Slew Of Museums for Free.99
No need to be a couch potato. Get dressed, get out and explore all the culturally enriching things your city or town has to offer. In New York specifically, at least 10 museums are opening their doors for the free-ski on Inauguration Day, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Queens Museum, and the Brooklyn Museum. Read more information here.

4. Fall Down the Rabbit Hole Of YouTube's Related Music Videos
Let's get one thing straight, in the midst of SoundCloud, Spotify and other streaming platforms, Pandora can still hold it's own. But when it comes to recommending a consistent stream of related songs that speak to my spirit and mood, YouTube is king. Let yourself start with D'Angelo's "Lady" and happily fall down the path of "Untitled," "Nothing Even Matters" with Lauryn Hill, Floetry's "Say Yes" to Musiq Soulchild's "Love" and beyond.

5. Listen to Peter Rosenberg Complain About Something
Is there a more hyper-sensitive person in radio these days? The Hot 97 radio personality seems to get upset over every little thing. Sometimes his commentary makes you want to change the radio dial, as the topic at hand usually doesn't apply or pertain to him. If you want to get energy or motivation to passionately speak your mind about something that bothers you — in this case, Donald Trump becoming the President — you may want to refer to one of his show for inspiration. Again, this is a random list. Keyword: random.

6. Take A Yoga Class
Yes, we already know you're stressed. You may or may not have already started activity number one of working out like there's no tomorrow. But in an effort to loosen up those tense muscles and limbs, taking a yoga class to work on your flexibility is just as important. Go fold yourself, deeply breathe in and out, and may or may not be able to exhale "Trump" from your entire vocabulary for the next four years; while simultaneously getting your zen. Honestly, we hear results may vary.

7. Go Grocery Shopping 
Everyone loves food, so why not stock up? There's no greater feeling than finding that lovely Truffle Salt from Trader Joe's or that delicious chocolate cake. Listen, food heals and we all know we're going to need some calories to withstand this Trump slim down.

8. Go Watch Hidden Fences
Hidden Fences, the critical darling that stole the hearts of many at the 2016 Golden Globe Awards, is a film that earned every accolade its received. Starring Octavia Davis and Denzel P. Henson, the film tells the story of three black women who work at NASA but dream of becoming baseball players...or is it about a sanitation worker who is excellent at math and engineering? Whatever Jenna Bush-Hager thinks the film's plot is, it's probably better than the reality we're about to face as Americans.

9. Find Near Women's Marches Close To Your Neighborood
If you're interested in walking with other like-minded, diverse individuals to protest the harmful rhetoric and ideas of Trump and his cabinet, the Women's March on Washington D.C. may be the place for you. However, if D.C. is not in close proximity to you, there are several "sister marches" happening on Jan. 21 all across the country and around the world. If you go to, you'll be able to type in your zip code to find some marches in your area that you'll be able to participate in this Saturday.

10. Paint & Sip
This is the perfect time to grab a group of friends and head over to a local art studio to practice your painting skills. Let your inner Basquiat shine, while laughing off how much of a joke a Trump presidency really is. Plus, it’s BYOB, so you can get lit until you can no longer hold a paintbrush or until you forget that in a matter of days women, minorities, and the LGBTQ community will lose their rights (whichever comes first).

11. Continue To Try And Decipher Young Thug's Lyrics 
It'd be a sin not to include Young Thug on any top mumble rapper list, but you can't deny that the Jeffery artist has some hit songs. His latest video, "Wyclef Jean," is already causing quite the buzz on social media--considering he never showed up for the shoot. Oh, and remember when we asked 8 non-hip hop professionals to tells us the lyrics to "Lifestyle"?

12. Go To A Community Reiki Healing
Reiki, or “spiritually guided life force energy,” is a great practice that helps relax the mind, body, and soul. A session can run you $25 to $100 bucks, depending on your location. Check out a community Reiki healing instead that requires a simple donation of your choosing.

13. Live-Tweet The Wiz For #InguarationBlackout
Sure you’ve seen The Wiz, but you haven’t seen it with Black Twitter. Spearheaded by writer Jamilah Lemieux, turn on Netflix and enjoy two hours of magic brought to you by Motown Sounds, Diana Ross, and the one and only Michael Jackson.


14. Jam To Hits of Drizzy and Yeezy at a Drake vs. Kanye West Party
This Brooklyn shindig might be going down Friday evening, but Koala Tea Agency’s “Drake vs. Kanye” pop-up party will feature the best tunes from the most popular rappers around. Take time out of your morning to curate a 'getting ready' playlist for the jam. Admission is free!

15. Look At More Of George Bush's Paintings
The former president of the free world has remained under the radar but recent photos of George W.'s oil-based paintings have left everyone in awe. After all, the world knew Bush wasn't enjoying his job as POTUS. Perhaps his love for the arts was hidden under all that dry humor and criticized decisions. There's one painting that gives Vladamir Putin a Freddy Kruger vibe, while his self-portraits will make you want to give yourself or your dad a hug.

16. Watch A Golden Girls Marathon While Simultaneously Shading America Many still can't believe a man that has been publicly endorsed by the KKK, claimed congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis of being "all talk no action" mocked a disabled journalist, accused Barack Obama of birtherism, disparaged every minority group and admitted on tape to sexual assault, will be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. So to avoid it all, randomly indulge in the throwback television show. While one of our writers has seen every episode at least 55 times (because reruns), it will definitely help take your mind off of the doom America will more than likely experience during the next four years.

17. Wonder Why The Winter Premiere of Scandal and How To Get Away With Murder Had To Be Pushed Back
Originally, ABC's “Thank God It's Thursday” line up was scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 19. However, due to today's inauguration, both show's premiere date has been pushed back. While many don't agree, nor like, nor respect Donald Trump, taking away Olivia Pope and Annalise Keating after months without them is just uncouth, uncalled for and cruel. Like, really?

18. Re-Watch Congresswoman Maxine Waters Read The President-Elect For Filth.
Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-California) has earned herself all the seats at the cookout, and we're even letting her bring the 'tata salad. Ms. Waters in the best auntie fashion, told MSNBC's Tamron Hall that she didn't like, honor nor respect the president-elect and wouldn't attend any inauguration festivities. She perfectly encapsulated how I'll be feeling about Trump for the next four years and did so with all the attitude of my ancestors. So to keep my vibrations high, my energy lifted and my spirit tickled, I'll re-watching Ms. Waters read Donald Trump to high heavens will get me through the day and quite possibly his term

19. Obama Dubs
With such a gloomy transition occurring at, arguably, the most famous address in the United States, what better way to spend your Inauguration Day than by gathering your friends for a Obama Dub party? Start off with this Obama-spun version of Justin Beiber’s “Sorry,” if you become sad and need some cheering up. Or listen to YG’s “”F*** Donald Trump,” if you’re feeling the same way as many Americans.

20. Go Hike On A Trail
All the days leading into, during and after this election season have riled up a slew of emotions in citizens of not just America, but worldwide. When news hit that it was possible--and came to fruition--that Trump would become president, a majority of emotions were anger, devastation, and disgust. But negative energy isn’t going to get us anywhere, and we’ve had more than enough time to scream, shout, cry and throw fits. Now is the time to fight back strategically. While expression of the negativity is good, we can’t stay down forever. So this Friday (Jan. 20), instead of sitting in front of a television screen watching anything but the Inauguration, go outside and take a hike--literally. Go by yourself, or grab some friends. But, go on a trek to clear your head. Take a hike to a secluded cliff, and instead of jumping, get your last screams, cries, hollers, and fits out, but come back ready to take positive action.

21. Start Prepping To File Your Taxes
Tax season is here and we’re hoping the income tax gods are working in your favor so that there’s some green in your future. With Trump’s administration being out of touch with the financial reality of the majority of Americans, and claiming that community colleges are “damn near free” and “almost anyone can afford” it, we need to stack up every spare coin that comes our way. If you made any purchases on behalf of your business, organize your receipts. Grab all of your W-2 and/or 1099 forms to see how much money or revenue you racked up. Might as well get ahead of the Uncle Sam before April 15th hits.

22. Curl Up And Read A Good Book By A Black Writer
Have you read Brit Bennett's The Mothers? How about BUCK: A Memoir by M.K. Asante? Ta-Nehisi Coates' Between the World And Me? No? It's totally fine. No judgement. You have an entire day to toss the TV remote aside and get started on some for-us-by-us literature and get your intellectual life. You also find more recommendations in our V Books series.

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6 Pop Culture Tributes In Normani's Jam-Packed "Motivation" Video

Since its release this morning at midnight (Aug. 16), Normani has been the name on everybody's lips. The former Fifth Harmony member dropped a video for her latest single, "Motivation," which shows off the 23-year-old's incredible dance moves and also pleasantly pays homage to some of our favorite visuals and pop-culture moments from the 2000s.

"Motivation" was produced by ILYA, and Normani revealed that Ariana Grande was one of the song's co-writers. The video was directed by Daniel Russell and Dave Meyers, who is as iconic (and throwback) as it gets. Take a look at a few moments the video pays homage to below.


106 & Park (0:00- 0:29)

BET's music countdown show is the basis for the visual. A teenage girl is shown running into her living room, and she is eager to see if one of her favorite music videos will be shown. To her delight, Terrence J and Rocsi announce that Normani's video will be playing.

Beyonce, "Crazy In Love" (0:30-0:42 and 2:43-3:08)

A given considering Normani's vocal appreciation of the Queen Bey. To start the video within the video, 'Mani is seen strutting down the street a la 'Crazy In Love' with denim bottoms and a white tank, serving us life on a silver platter.

She also served us sexy choreography in the rain, a likely homage to Bey's iconic video. The bedazzled outfit screamed 2000s, but there was no denying there was Bey influence for the scene.

Ciara, "1, 2 Step" And/Or Ashanti, "Happy" (0:45- throughout)

Normani storms into this scene with energy, which prompts everyone else to get in formation and dance with her, reminiscent of when Ciara showed us how to 1,2 Step. Much like in the homage, everyone rallies behind CiCi to have some fun.

This could also be an homage to Ashanti's "Happy." Videos in the 2000s were clearly all about dancing in front of houses, and with the synchronization of both groups of dancers, we could also lean towards Ashanti being a definite inspiration.

Jennifer Lopez Feat. Ja Rule, "I'm Real (Remix)" (1:42-2:13)

The 2000s were all about the basketball court too, and "Motivation" screams "I'm Real." The OG video features J. Lo and Ja playfully canoodling on the court, which is also what we see during Normani's take on the hit.

Britney Spears, "...Baby One More Time" (1:54- 2:05)

You can't deny that this particular scene has Brit Brit written all over it. The Louisiana native, who is a former dancer and gymnast, pulled out all the stops in her debut music video. Normani (a fellow Louisiana girl as well as a dancer and gymnast) pays homage in a very loaded way.

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Missy Elliott performs onstage during the 2018 Essence Festival presented By Coca-Cola - Day 2 at Louisiana Superdome on July 7, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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Flipped And Reversed: Missy Elliott's 16 Best Music Videos

When you think about innovative music videos Missy Elliott should come to mind. As one of the most important hip-hop artists of the modern era, the living legend has finally received her roses when it was announced she would be the recipient of the Micheal Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the 36th annual MTV Video Music Awards on Aug. 26.

Elliott is the first female hip-hop artist to receive the honor and after many online petitions, social media callouts and dissected anecdotes, it’s about time. Before it music videos were funneled daily into spaces like YouTube, social media accounts and streaming platforms, we patiently awaited for videos from Missy on TRL or 106 & Park.

With a mix of magic realism and Afrofuturism, Missy (with help from visionaries Dave Meyers and Hype Williams) created a world we wanted to get lost in. Her visuals to 1997’s “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly),” helped set the standard for animated hip-hop music videos that can be seen today with fellow female rappers like Nicki Minaj, Tierra Whack and Doja Cat. There’s also her strong use of choreography in videos like “One Minute Man,” “Gossip Folks” and “Work It” all of which can still pack a dance floor.

But not all of Missy’s visual gems shine in the aughts. Her videos to recent jams like “Where They From (WTF)” and “I’m Better” break her creative glass ceiling.

With that said, the VIBE staff gathered 16 of Missy’s finest videos.

Enjoy the list below. 


16. “All N My Grill” ft. Nicole Wray, MC Solaar and Big Boi (1999)         Director: Hype Williams

The dramatics in “All N My Grill” almost make you forget Missy is dealing with a f**k boi. Down shots paired with bright threads on Missy and then-protege Nicole Wray give the video a rich cinematic feel. The video isn’t as animated as others on this list, but production by Timbaland makes the song climatic on its own.

In both versions of the video (Big Boi was on the US release, French legend MC Solaar was on the European release), the dancers shine the brightest. With yellow raincoats and hats to match, the dance number provides the right amount of flair for a Missy video. -Desire Thompson

15. “Hit 'em Wit Da Hee” (1997)         Director: Paul Hunter

In a pinstripe outfit from the hat to the pants to a chainmail costume, Missy turns down the brightness of her clothing and visuals to tell a medieval story full of grey, black and silver tones. Set in a castle, Elliott is both queen and king as she showcases her unique sorcery.

The video is also full of dance sequences including a captivating number as the rain pours down. Showcasing her versatility, Missy diversified her music video palette by taking viewers to a new section of her creative mind. - Camille Augustin

14.  “Hot Boyz” ft. Nas, Eve and Lil Mo (1999)           Director: Hype Williams

Right before the year 2000 came to fruition, Missy aimed to round out 1999 with a pyrotechnic show that amplified flames to the rhythm of the beat. The proceedings begin with Nas’ opening verse as Eve and her effortless flow is a masterclass on breath control and captivating wordplay. 

Background dancers keep the ante of the melody on an energetic level, even Missy gets in on the choreography which remained a staple in her music videos. With a swoop of hair over her eye, Missy remained sultry and mysterious for her significant other, taking charge of her iconic short haircuts during that time. Mary J. Blige and Ginuwine also make an appearance as a fiery blaze serves as the backdrop to round out the Hype Williams-directed visual.  -C.A. 

13. “Sock It To Me” ft. Da Brat  (1997)         Director: Hype Williams

Throughout Missy Elliott’s canon of visuals, she always made sure to turn up the vibrancy of colors. This was the case for “Sock It 2 Me.” From the cherry red outfits, hair, and even that Mega Man-inspired space suit that many believe paved the way for Gmail's logo. 

Like the otherworldly visual productions for Elliott’s videos, “Sock It 2 Me” landed viewers in a completely different universe as she, Lil’ Kim, and Da Brat escaped menacing robots. Timbaland also makes an appearance, reminiscent of a mad scientist in the lab having cooked up another certified hit. -C.A. 

12. “Beep Me 911” ft. 702 and Magoo (1997)          Director: Earle Sebastian 

In the video for her song about questioning the motives of an unfaithful lover, Missy Elliott created a set that looked like a doll-themed club from 2050. Missy leads a cast of collaborators and backup dancers with vibrant, shimmery fashion – a golden dress with a protruding collar behind her neck, a bright orange jumpsuit, a hot pink one-sleeved jacket - and robotic dance moves that perfectly matched Timbaland’s skittery percussion. 

Timbaland and Magoo even join in with shiny suit jackets and oil-slicked hair, and 702 with a trio of pink and black outfits. Missy Elliott’s music always felt like it was from the future, and the video for “Beep Me 911” embodied that forward-thinking spirit. - William Ketchum 

11. “Take Away” ft. Ginuwine and Tweet (2001)          Director: Dave Meyers 

What makes “Take Away” such a touching video is its dedication to Aaliyah. Released after her passing, many wondered how Missy would pay homage to her close friend and collaborator. Meyers and Elliott kept things light and angelic with koi pond/Fantasy Castle settings as a celestial light traveling throughout each scene, almost a reminder that Baby Girl will always be with them and the world.

“Take Away” was also released a month after 9/11. With Missy being a leader in the “two music videos in one” trope, the transition into “4 My People” is an upbeat tribute to the victims of the terror attack. -D.T. 

10. “One Minute Man” ft. Trina and Ludacris (2001)         Director: Dave Meyers 

I was 16 and too young to know the lyrics to “One Minute Man,” so like any normal teen I sang the words when my mother wasn’t around. The frisky track about a man who could only perform for sixty seconds was considered Rated R for the times, but Missy with the help of Meyers made the video for the scandalous single fun. 

Whether it be a headless Missy dancing in the corner, or her sliding across the marble floor with the introduction of the fast-paced “Whatcha Gonna Do,” the video proved to be more stimulating than the one minute some men can offer. (no shade, no tea) All jokes aside, Missy could’ve taken a cliche uber sexual approach, but it’s Missy, when has she ever been cliche or predictable? - Shenequa Golding 

9. “I’m Better” ft. Lamb (2017)        Director: Dave Meyers

“I’m Better” marked Missy’s later offerings to the world of music videos, making it well worth the wait. Precision instantly drips from the choreography as her style jumps from red feathers on top of an all-black fit with thigh-high boots to a shimmering opal lip. With her eyes hidden behind her asymmetrical bangs, she never misses a beat. 

Missy didn’t have to boast about how much better she is because the video proves it. Her three outfit changes (!), platinum blonde, turquoise, and black hairstyles, remind us of the uniqueness only she can deliver. - Alexis Reese

8. “I’m Really Hot” (2006)       Director: Dave Meyers

If a martial arts film and hip-hop dance crew had a child, then Missy Elliott’s “I’m Really Hot” music video would be it. Slightly inspired by Quentin Tarantino’s 2003 blockbuster film Kill Bill: Volume 1, the Bryan Barber-directed (“Braid My Hair,” “Roses,” “Bia Bia,” “Blowin’ Me Up (With Her Love)”) visual takes us to a Tokyo-esque place where Missy’s squad and a Japanese posse battle it out in the streets. For what? Oh, you know, to end the “gum-bumpin’” and settle who really has the dance cred in the streets. 

As the crews go head-to-head in You Got Served style, the dance break slides into Soho’s “Hot Music” where Missy and her crazy talented background dancers make it clear there’s no dance style they can’t touch. Get into the serious krumpin’, Alyson Stoner cameo, and fightin’, flyin’ ninjas! Man, they don’t make music videos like this no mo’. - Christine Imarenezor 

7. “She’s A B***h” (1999)       Director: Hype Williams 

Women are often portrayed negatively for taking control of their own lives and images, and Missy was fine with being the bad girl the video for “She’s A B***h.” 

With an ominous black and white backdrop, stormy clouds, and a magnificent presentation of lights, Elliott looks like a femme supervillain from the futuristic Judge Dredd films: a full-length black trenchcoat, a full-body black leather outfit with straps across her torso, and sunglasses that covered virtually her entire face and wrapped around her bald head. 

She then dons a cowgirl outfit in the way that only Missy can, leads multiple choreographed dance numbers in a black mink with her hair laid. Noted as one of the most expensive music videos ever made for a cool $2 million, "She's a B***h" was also revolutionary in nature. For anyone who wanted to call women b***hes, Missy Elliott was willing to take them on with another example of her brilliant vision and versatility. -W.E. 

6. “Gossip Folks” ft. Ludacris (2005)        Director: Dave Meyers

Missy took us back to school and the cattiness that comes with it. Rocking a matching dark red and pink Adidas tracksuit with a fly pink hat, she leads the choreography by school lockers, in front of her dancers. 

As they are dressed in classic school uniforms with pressed khaki pants and plaid pleated skirts. Jumping from the typical school scenes, we head to the cafeteria where it really goes down as he samples Frankie Smith’s “Double Dutch Bus.”  As she briefly transitions while in an untamed classroom, she gets back on pace as Ludacris is met outside dripped in an alligator suit with matching shoes. This catchy yet relatable hit will forever be ingrained in our brains from the choreo to the style. Thank you, Missy.  - A.R. 

5. “Where They From (WTF)” ft. Pharrell Williams (2015)       Director: Dave Meyers 

Whew, the comeback.

Missy literally shines in “Where They From (WTF).” Her disco ball fit with diamond-encrusted lips locks us in and we haven’t even gotten to the choreography yet. 

The creative vision behind yet another Dave Meyers visual will make you say “WTF” (What The F**k) as you watch Elliot body choreography, seamlessly switch between outfits, and turn into a puppet. Missy said she was waiting for the right time to release her puppet performance idea with “WTF” being it. Pharrell lives through a puppeteer as he or it glides through his verse. As she is rooted in the up-tempo beats, the fast-hitting hit deserves nothing less than a round of applause. - A.R. 

4. “Get Ur Freak On” (2001)           Director: Dave Meyers

There are some who are comfortable in the box, while others work diligently to think outside of it. Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott was neither aware of the box or let anyone’s limiting parameters define her, and proof of this can be seen in her star-studded video “Get Ur Freak On.” 

Elliot opted for a gritty underworld with superior fighters trained in hand-to-hand combat as the scene. You could always count on Elliott and Myers to add some special effect, whether it be the way Elliott’s head zig-zags outside of the screen or her hanging from a chandelier with one hand. “Get Ur Freak On” is easily one of Missy’s best. - S.G. 

3.  “Work It” (2002)       Director: Dave Meyers 

There was a lot going on during the Making The Video episode for “Work It.” Bees were flying around the set, greenscreens were used during multiple takes and there a strong dose of homage to the golden age of hip-hop. Still, it was hard to look away from the TV because I just had to see the finished product of what would be one of the biggest videos of the year. A lot wasn’t explained to the cameras as Missy and Meyers went through each shot and dance number. Halle Berry’s cameo wasn’t mentioned until the very last minute and none of us realized that the chorus’ was actually flipped and reversed. 

But the outcome was beautifully paced and included so many special effects that remain fresh to this day. Watching the “Work It” video in 2019 feels just as new as it did 17 years ago. The single and video might be her biggest crossover, but we knew Missy had so much more to offer. 

2. “Lose Control” ft. Ciara and Fatman Scoop (2005)         Director: Dave Meyers

By 2005, Missy Elliott had shown the world she makes memorable, electrifying music and her videos intentionally echo that. So after more than a decade in music, she had nothing to prove to anyone, which left room for her and video director Dave Meyers to have even more fun. 

With an old-western world as the theme, a fleet of dancers accompanied Missy, Ciara and Fatman Scoop in the desert. The high-octane video kept up with the fast pace and energy of the song. Viewers burned calories simply watching Missy head on top of an agile and energetic and dancer, proving once again that Missy doesn’t disappoint.  

1. “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)” (1997)        Director: Hype Williams 

“The Rain” is the piece that started it all for Missy’s legacy as a music video icon. A short-haired Misdemeanor Elliott joined  Hype Williams and his signature fisheye lens to showcase her moves inside of an inflated black garbage bag, her slick dance moves, and an assortment of bright, colorful ensembles. 

The video also had cameos by Timbaland, Tamara "Taj" Johnson-George of SWV, Yo-Yo, Lil' Kim, Total, 702, Da Brat, Lil' Cease and Puff Daddy - a who’s who of black music at the time of its 1997 release. 

“The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)” was foundational both for her and for hip-hop as a whole, capturing Missy completely in her element: comical and wacky, but still fly and silky smooth, comfortable in her own skin the whole way through. 

Honorable Mentions  “Tipi Ti On My Cappi Town” - Pootie Tang ft. Missy Elliott and Prince Paul  (2001)  Director: Chris Rock/Louis C.K. 

You probably don’t remember the cult classic that is Pootie Tang and that’s totally fine. But the bright and bold creative style in the film was a perfect pairing for Missy as she starred as herself to sing along aside the film’s inaudible hero. Prince Paul and Missy contributed the track “Tipi Ti On My Cappi Town” with the full version hitting the internet in 2013. One can only imagine what a full music video with these two would look like. - D.T. 

😂🤣🤣😂😂 where is Pootie Tang🤷🏾‍♀️🤦🏾‍♀️😂🤣

— Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) June 27, 2019

“Pass That Dutch” (2003)  Director: Dave Meyers 

How many hip-hop videos (scratch that… videos periodt) can we say have successfully combined Riverdance/Irish step dance to a Timbaland beat with the concept of canoodling with otherworldly life forms, gettin’ jiggy in a cornfield and Bratz dolls? Only Missy can dream it up and pull it off. 

With her frequent collaborator Dave Meyers, the supernova once again delivers an out-of-this-world visual that completely tramples expectations, and brings us a delightfully weird, yet stand-out moment in video history. Also, let us pour one out in remembrance of Aaliyah, Tupac, Biggie, Big Pun, Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes and the victims of 9/11, who are memorialized in the beginning of the video with Missy’s song, “Baby Girl Interlude/Intro.” - J’na Jefferson 

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Elektra’s 5 Memorable Moments In 'Pose' Season 1

Elektra’s ability to simultaneously inspire admiration and fear in her peers is a gift that not many other characters can match. She consistently delivers some of the most memorable lines in the FX show, which isn’t bad for a first-time actress. Jackson was cast by Janet Mock and Our Lady J, classical musician and television writer/producer,  both of whom spent six months scouting talent for the show via open castings hoping to open doors for trans people in an industry where so few people with the power to do so will.

“There is such unmined and untapped talent there, and unmined stories,” Mock said when asked why it’s so difficult for industry people to find and identify trans talent during an interview for them. magazine. “Our show is a prime example that people who may not have long-a** résumés or star power can carry a series and that there’s not just one of them — there’s five of them [on the show].”

Jackson may not have been nominated for an Emmy award this year, but Elektra remains an audience favorite for so, so many reasons. Her character dares us to feel, to hope. In honor of that, here are five of Elektra’s best moments from Pose Season One.

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