The Twilight Zone Music Video Premiere by The Uhuruverse and Jupiter Black
Journey into the divine Herstory presented in The Twilight Zone music video by the artist formerly known as The Uhuraverse and Jupiter Black. This piece smoldered into existence after a series of local shows that threw these two powerhouses onto the same lineups. They naturally joined forces when they found their creative trajectories to be very similar.
Uhuru is a performance artist who first rapped with S.W.P.(Snatches With Power), formed from a self-proclaimed women's liberationist art collective called #SnatchPower, while Jupiter Black’s musical entourage #CVLT Collect is equally dedicated to undermining the mainstream through “alternative hip hop work(s) of art.” Together, they offer up The Twilight Zone as the first release in a string of collaborative and solo recordings by The Uhuruverse. As an integral part of the LA underground fashion landscape and feminist circles, Uhuru hopes to present an empowering message with a fashion editorial twist while “transitioning out of the closet from burlesque Butoh dance, to music.”
This song employs the tropes of Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone as a metaphor for the cocoon-like support of the POC and queer artist community in Los Angeles. Much like the suspenseful Science Fiction of the Twilight Zone, you are asked to suspend your disbelief and enter an intergalactic space of Afrofuturistic power. A space where you can go against the grain and love the disenfranchised as if they were the center of the universe. The Uhuruverse’s lyrics paint this picture with:
Don't worry about getting in my jeans/’Cause being a deity is in my genes/Yeah get on your fucking knees and pray to me/I am worthy
In large cities like Los Angeles, there are enough like-minded individuals hosting spaces for the betterment and adoration of our inner goddess, the rest of America, however, must proceed into these non-patriarchal spaces through the power of imagination as if they were indeed in another dimension. Therein lies the brilliance and utility of the pop reference. Jupiter Black’s soliloquy affirms that the message of goddesshood is the good word. But the message is heard through reverence, not through force. It is in that ecosystem that feminist Afrocentricity has a place to pupate and emerge.
GlamChop’s neon set creates contrast between its fantastic atmosphere and a different kind of twilight crawl in the grey city, where an entourage walk in celebration of The Uhuruverse in a more relatable and human expression. This Juxtaposition provides insight into the similarities between these two night worlds. While one image is grounded and the other out-of-sight, they are both informed by the power and existence of a free spirited character. That is the essence of The Uhuruverse namesake. It's a combination of Uhuru, the Swahili word for freedom, and the universe. GlamChop’s nebulous patchwork of shimmers and shapes facilitate Uhuru’s embodiment of a deity figure by representing a metaphysical place where our minds can go to make contact with such archetypes and free spirited characters. Uhuru’s portrayal is almost regal in a makeshift underpropper and netted ruff, where punk meets queen of the cosmos in a pointy bra by L.O. Class Art and UV reactive skirt by GlamChop. On the other hand, it was important to Uhuru as director of this project to feature “a more realistic Afro-punk perspective of the city, rather than a glamorized one.” GlamChop’s ecstatic portrayal of The Uhuruverse on its own might only confirm the pre-existing views of a select few, but to bring the video out on the street is to suggest that this empowered thinking is being nurtured in even the most desperate environments.
Produced by GlamChop and SnatchPower
Directed by The Uhuruverse
DOP Sasha Gransjean
Edited by Sasha Gransjean and Jupiter Black
Wardrobe/MUA Fenex Lopez and Gaylord Fiend