×

Maxwell Drops ‘Shame,’ New Song and Video ‘Celebrating Black Beauty’ (Watch)

R&B icon Maxwell has dropped a new song and video, “Shame,” his third of the year and a preview from his forthcoming album, “NIGHT” (previously titled “BlackSummer’sNIGHT”), the completion of a trilogy that began with 2009’s “BLACKsummers’Night” and continued with 2016’s “BlackSUMMERS’night.”

The song, a return to his familiar sultry R&B after the darker earlier releases this year, soundtracks a video that is designed to be “a vibrant look into black beauty,” according to the announcement. It stars models and actors Maria Borgess, Jeneil Williams, Achok Majak, Riley Montana, Sira Kant and Adonis Bosso.

“We wanted to celebrate beauty. Specifically the beauty of Black women. Black women – Black people – don’t see themselves heralded as a standard of beauty nearly enough in the media, especially in entertainment, high fashion and art. It’s getting better, but we still have so far to go,” Maxwell explains. “People of color have carried shame about our features, our hair, our bodies, our skin tone. As I said previously, this song is about removing the cloak of shame and opening up to love… including self-love and love of your culture. So we decided to pay homage to another beautiful video, George Michael’s iconic ‘Freedom’ – but make it Black. The end result is gorgeous, powerful and stunning. This video is a love letter to my women of color. Feel no shame in your skin – you are beyond beautiful.”

Directors Gerard Bush + Christopher Renz (Bush + Renz), who also directed the music short film “The Glass House” (which accompanied Maxwell’s song “We Never Saw It Coming”), said: “Maxwell courageously confronts personal shame, liberating himself from the scars of insecurity and bad decisions— while simultaneously and unapologetically celebrating black beauty in all its magnificence. Shame is a bold, sexy, audacious statement, that is meant to catalyze a conversation around extending beauty norms beyond European sensibilities.

Maxwell is on his “50 Intimate Nights Tour,” remaining dates appear below:

 

10/17 – Hollywood, FL – Hard Rock Live at the Event Center

10/18 – St. Petersburg, FL – Mahaffey Theater

10/20 – Huntsville, AL – Von Braun Center Concert Hall

10/21 – Jackson, MS – Thalia Mara Hall

10/24 – New Orleans, LA – Saenger Theatre

10/25 – Memphis, TN – Orpheum Theatre

10/27 – Irving, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory

10/28 – Sugar Land, TX – Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land

10/29 – San Antonio, TX – Majestic Theatre

11/1 – Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theatre

11/2 – San Diego, CA – Humphreys Concerts by the Bay

11/3 – Reno, NV – Grand Theatre at The Grand Sierra Resort

11/4 – Las Vegas, NV – The Pearl @ Palms Casino Resort

11/8 – Oakland, CA – Paramount Theatre

11/9 – Oakland, CA – Paramount Theatre

11/10 – Los Angeles, CA – Microsoft Theater

11/14 – Kansas City, MO – Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland

11/15 – St. Louis, MO – Stifel Theatre

11/18 – Nashville, TN – Schermerhorn Symphony Center

11/20 – Milwaukee, WI – Riverside Theater

11/21 – Minneapolis, MN – State Theatre

11/23 – Louisville, KY – Louisville Palace

11/24 – Northfield, OH – Hard Rock Live

11/26 – Toronto, ON – Sony Centre for the Performing Arts

11/28 – Montclair, NJ – The Wellmont Theater

11/29 – Westbury, NY – NYCB Theatre At Westbury

12/1 – Detroit, MI – Fox Theatre

12/2 – Chicago, IL – Chicago Theatre

12/3 – Chicago, IL – Chicago Theatre

12/5 – Boston, MA – Orpheum Theatre

12/7 – Wallingford, CT – Toyota Oakdale Theatre

12/8 – Upper Darby, PA – Tower Theater

12/9 – New York, NY – Beacon Theatre

 

Popular on Variety

More Music

  • Rob Thomas Sammy Hagar

    Sammy Hagar Joins Rob Thomas for 'Smooth' Performance (Watch)

    Who do you call when your pal Carlos Santana has plans on a Friday night? If you’re Rob Thomas, you recruit another famous friend, rocker Sammy Hagar, who turned up to help the singer close out his Chip Tooth Smile tour with a performance of “Smooth” at the Fox Performing Arts Center in Riverside, Calif., [...]

  • US record producer The-Dream arrives for

    Top Music Publishers Come Together for Songs of Hope Honors

    The 15th annual Songs of Hope honors united songwriters, music industry insiders and more than a few preeminent doctors at producer Alex Da Kid’s Sherman Oaks compound on Thursday night. Jimmy Jam returned to host the event, which served as a fundraiser for the ever-vital City of Hope medical treatment center as well as a [...]

  • Monkees/Badfinger/Nazz Supergroup Takes Beatles' 'White Album'

    Monkees/Badfinger/Nazz Supergroup Gets Back to '68 by Touring Beatles' 'White Album'

    The 50th anniversary re-release of 1969’s “Abbey Road” may be just days away, but that doesn’t mean Beatles fans have been there and done that when it comes to celebrating ’68. Todd Rundgren, the Monkees’ Mickey Dolenz, Badfinger’s Joey Molland and several other name musicians of a certain vintage are teaming up to go out [...]

  • Rob Cowan, Greg Silverman'The Conjuring 2'

    Greg Silverman’s Stampede, School of Rock Team for Unscripted Series (EXCLUSIVE)

    Former president of Warner Bros. Pictures Greg Silverman is partnering with School of Rock through his content creation company Stampede. The collaboration with the music school will create exclusive content, starting with the development of an unscripted series.  School of Rock operates a network of performance-based education franchises that offer students of all ages guidance [...]

  • 'Downton Abbey' Music Gets 'Bigger, Better,

    As 'Downton Abbey' Hits the Silver Screen, the Music, Too, Gets 'Bigger, Better, Grander'

    When “Downton Abbey” fans hear that familiar strings-and-piano theme, a Pavlovian response ensues: Get to the television immediately, because you don’t want to miss a minute of the addictive Crawley family melodrama to follow. This week, with the “Downton Abbey” movie reaching theaters on Friday, fans can’t wait for their fix of Lady Mary and [...]

  • Saweetie

    Saweetie's 'My Type' Is a Smash, but Is it Too Provocative for Top 40?

    Saweetie’s “My Type” is a smash. The high-energy, up-tempto, bad bitch anthem has proven to be an undeniable force. Having won the hearts of TikTok users, radio (rhythmic, urban and now Top 40, logging more than 81,000 combined spins, according to Mediabase) and streaming, where BuzzAngle Music records 160 million U.S. streams to date and [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content