Maxwell has released a compelling visual for his track “Shame.” The track, which released on October 5th, described the feeling of shame or unworthiness that people in today’s society can tend to feel as a result of comparing their lives to those of other people.
The visual highlights the beauty of dark skin, showcasing it in a very unique way. All of the participants in the video are wearing veils, hiding themselves in shame and therefore keeping the world from seeing them. At different points of the video, the veils are removed and all that is left is the shame-less beauty of an individual who has learned to love the skin they’re in.
In an interview concerning the significance of “Shame,” Maxwell revealed:
“‘Shame’ is a modern love song. Not just romantic love, but love for self and others. Social media has created an alternate world where people watch everything you do, including your failures. They even often feel a sense of joy in your pain. This creates a barrier to real intimacy because we’re preoccupied with appearances; with measuring up to what society thinks we should be, how we should look, what we should have and what we should aspire to. The song is about removing that mask of expectation and letting go of the shame of being real and vulnerable. The shadow of shame can only be broken when we unveil ourselves, and recognize that we that we are all human—flawed yet perfect, broken yet stronger with each obstacle.”
The music video is a powerful statement, showcasing dark skin in a way that is empowering and important in today’s society. Maxwell’s third installment in his trilogy ‘BlackSummers’Night’ is expected to release some time in 2019.
You can stream the video for “Shame” below!