Solange's new song "Cranes in the Sky" resonates with the feeling of carrying around the weight of the world. As she illustrates in the song, it can be hard to find a remedy to that kind of pain, but this brilliant video mash-up of Mary J. Blige dancing to the tune captures the moment when you find your joy amid the tumult of everyday life.
I love Blige's moves so much because they remind of my favorite auntie, who I can count on to get down in the middle of the party when the right song calls for it. And I dare you to tell her that she's not killing it.
There's no formal choreography — it's just a series of always on beat and unapologetic bops, two steps, and high kicks that make you want to cheer her on while finding your own groove. The video also includes a quick clip of Lil' Kim doing her infamous high-energy dance, perfectly set to the "Cranes in the Sky" beat.
And just when I thought it couldn't get any more marvelous than Blige and Lil' Kim, a glorious clip of Whitney Houston appeared. She hits a classic 90s move —the true hip-hop throwback body rock— that all my aunties still do when the music really gets good.
For me, this mash-up is a reminder that in the midst of many storms — dancing is a damn good way to free yourself, even if only for a brief moment.