8 Most Memorable Cameos Of Black Actresses In Music Videos

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There’s something about seeing celebrities from different fields of entertainment come together that makes it feel like watching a really good crossover episode of two of your favorite TV shows. The best way to describe this very detailed analogy is to look at music video cameos, which for decades have been a catalyst for seamlessly merging the worlds of music and film – not to mention it’s an incredible marketing tool. for both parties involved!

Those who watched the new music video for award-winning rapper Latto’s “It’s Giving” may have spotted a handful of melancholic women in the industry in the mix, including former Disney Channel actress Skai Jackson and future star of the Disney’s live-action animated remake of The little MermaidHalle Bailey.

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It’s quite common to see black actresses take a break from the big screen crush to play a part in a three to five minute music video assisted by a catchy melody. Some will reprise their roles as first lady, while others decide to settle for a flashier type of cameo and you’ll miss it. Either way, they always tend to stand out and make you want to watch more because you’re just, well, black women!

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As a tribute to all the talented women in our culture who have shown their ambidextrous acting skills in the past, present and future, we decided to highlight eight who really made us say “Wait, right…?” ! » – sure!

From Tracee Ellis Ross helping Kanye with his “new workout plan” or Lauren London competing for Pharrell’s attention, to Vivica A. Fox playing an evil stepsister to Foxy’s Brown’s version of Cinderella, enjoy these 8 memorable music video cameos by some of our favorite black actresses:

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1. Zendaya, “Versace on the floor” by Bruno Mars

Good choice Bruno!

2. Taraji P. Henson, “Testifying” by Common

Definitely a cold-hearted character.

3. Gabrielle Union, “Miss Independent” by Ne-Yo

Perhaps the reason Ne-Yo can’t settle for just one woman is because the “Miss Independent” of his dreams in Gabby U never really existed.

4. Tracee Ellis Ross, Kanye West’s “New Workout Plan”

We wonder what happened to Fifi LeBeouff?

5. Vivica A. Fox, “Big Bad Mama” by Foxy Brown (with Dru Hill)

Whether she’s villain or vixen, Vivica is always vivacious.

6. Kerry Washington, Maxwell’s “Bad Habits”

We can’t blame you, Max!

7. Rashida Jones, “More than a Woman” by Aaliyah

RIP forever, baby girl!

8. Lauren London, “Frontin'” by Pharrell (with Jay-Z)

Although she didn’t win the guy over, Lauren definitely won in terms of overall notoriety.

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