In the video for Cheri Moon’s latest single, ‘Ain’t I A Woman’, she channels former slave Sojourner Truth, who became a passionate speaker on behalf of equality and humanity. In the video she is seen wearing a period costume, and she delivers Sojourner Truth’s most famous speech. Using language that is both stinging, and righteous, she insists on her prerogatives and her rights and reminds us that there’s nothing a man can do that a woman can’t match.
The video was released to coincide with International Women’s Day, and serves as a fitting soundtrack for Women’s History Month. Sustaining that defiant, celebratory tone throughout the entire video, Cheri Moon then dresses as a doctor, businesswoman, a young mother, astronaut and in a number of other guises. The message is plain, and simple, and one that Sojourner Truth would have understood: nothing is beyond the capacities of a strong and dedicated woman.
Lyrically, the song is a call to action, with ‘Ain’t I A Woman’ an anthemic statement of pride, celebration of femininity, and declaration of independence. The accompanying music is both funky and rocking, while at the same time it’s sensitive and triumphant, and fiery. Cheri Moon’s vocal performance is powerful; yet she still ensures that the meaning of her words, and the messages they carry, aren’t lost. This is thinking people’s dance music; contemporary pop played with the dedication and spiritual intensity of gospel.
Watch ‘Ain’t I A Woman’ below and be sure to check out Cheri Moon’s website.