Feministing Jamz: Best female music videos of 2015

Laura Flores

Laura Flores

It's the most wonderful time of the year! I'm part of the war on Christmas, obviously, so I'm clearly referring to our annual Best Feminist Music Videos of the year. This year's list is off the charts y'all! Let's get right to it. In the particular order:

Nire ft. Crazy & amp; Nani Castle - Commie Mommie

Y'all, this video! It's 100% revolutionary women amazingness! We start out strong by flipping off the po, and only gets better from there. Producer Nire brings on jamz fave Maluca and the excellent Nani Castle to talk revolution and wealth redistribution, dance at Zucotti Park (AKA the site of Occupy Wall Street), shade the fuckboys who are not here for their politics, and cavort with a very adorable child. Kali Uchis - Loner

2015 was the year all the hard work that Kali Uchis has been putting in for the last few years paid off. This Colombian is taking off, and deservedly so. In this song Kali Uchis channels what my mami always used to say to me: better alone than in bad company. She does not wanna be anyone's doormat, nope - she'd rather be alone, drinking milkshakes and dancing as part of a neon neon dream in her BEAT IT CREEP crop top. Go ahead, ma.

M.I.A. - Borders

M.I.A. is not trying to be subtle with this one. She is always talked about how her experience as a refugee weighs heavily on her art, and it truly comes to a head in this video - which comes at a time when the entire world is dealing with the Syrian migrant crisis, and reacting in racist, xenophobic , and Islamophobic ways. I do not know what to do, but I do not know what to do with it.

Junglepussy - Me

Destiny Frasqueri - Soul Train

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This year Destiny Frasqueri ditched her Princess Nokia moniker and futuristic rhymes for something a little more old-school, but no one's complaining. This video is 100% black and brown summer block party, complete with salsa dancing in the streets and revolutionary ladies. About this video, Frasqueri says: "To me, this is a video of Black revolution. In a time of racism, it's for the Black and Latino communities in America, and it was created to honor the lifestyles that cultivated our culture and the positive and artistic outlets that healed us in hard times. "

strong> Miss Bolivia ft. Rebeca Lane & amp; Ali Gua Gua - Free Bold and Crazy

Afro-Argentina Miss Bolivia brings her friends Rebecca Lane and Ali Gua Gua (of Kumbia Queers fame) for a video that is all transnational global south feminism. Featuring femmes of all sorts of gender expressions and filmed in Argentina, Guatemala, and Mexico (where Miss Bolivia, Lane, and Ali Gua Gua are from, respectively) these badasses want you to know that their mouths are sharp and that's nobodies' business how they dance or dress or speak. They're witches, wicked, bastards, armed, explosive lyric and heavy music, so do not get it twisted, and they want the law out from between their legs. Sign. Me. Up.

Nicki Minaj and Beyonce - Feeling Myself

I mean, obviously right? These two women are the bosses of their game, and they're subverting any expectation of competition or cattiness by joining forces, toasting with cheeseburgers, looking at kiddie pools, and blowing our collective minds.

> Missy Elliott - WTF (Where They From)

FKA twigs - M3LL15X

It's probably some sort of cool music blogger rule to not include the same artist in your Best Of three years in a row, but FKA twigs leaves a girl no choice. She consistently kills it, and does so while in complete control of every aspect of her craft - no easy feat for a young woman of color early in her career. This video project is inspired by femininity, and makes powerful political statements around the power of transgressive femininities, the meaning of becoming a symbol in the public eye, and moving beyond normative beauty and towards magnificence.

> Blood Orange - Sandra's Smile

Producer, artist, and queer icon Dev Hynes reckons with how the black murder and pain are in this song dedicated to Sandra Bland. The video pairs somber and reflective lyrics with images of Black unity and joy - resistance.

What were your faves this year?