Racial tension abounds in Alicia Keys’ latest video, “Un-thinkable (I’m Ready),” directed by Jake Nava (Beyoncé, Britney Spears) and co-starring former “One Tree Hill” star Chad Michael Murray.
The clip, which premieres Wednesday (May 12) on BET’s “106 & Park” and Vevo, begins in a small Southern town where Murray and a friend cross the tracks to a primarily African-American enclave. Keys, decked out in ’50s attire, is walking and gabbing away with her girlfriends when she spots her brother angrily confronting Murray, the singer’s love interest.
The pair jaw at each other as Keys runs to the scene, fearing her interracial love connection with Murray is at the root of the conflict. The video then flashes back to when Keys’ character first met Murray’s and forwards through the years, giving various updated and contemporary takes on what their pursuit of each other would look like in each decade.
By the time she reaches the two men, who’ve come to blows, the black-and-white video has turned to color and a present-day Keys is being escorted away by her friends as a bloodied Murray yells to her brother, “What, I’m not good enough?”
The frosty family defiance to Murray warms by the end of the video as he pulls up to their house, proving the resolve in his feelings for Keys.
The song, “Un-Thinkable (I’m Ready),” is featured on the singer’s latest album, The Element of Freedom . Drake and his producer Noah “40” Shebib collaborated on the track with Keys , on which the rapper is featured as a supporting vocalist.
In an interview late last year, the Toronto lyricist said working with Keys “one of the best moments of my career .”
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