Stormzy Salutes Real Life Black Heroes In Inspirational "Superheroes" Video

Stormzy Salutes Real Life Black Heroes In Inspirational "Superheroes" Video

September 09, 2020

Earlier today, Stormzy premiered his brand new video for Heavy Is The Head extract "Superheroes", beaming it out to schools in London, Glasgow, Dublin and Manchester.

The new video has rightly been praised for its inspiring message of hope in these increasingly scary and confusing times. The animated visuals, created by British director Taz Tron Delix, show Stormzy guiding the next generation and feature scenes that nod to real life Black heroes like Dave, Little Simz, Malorie Blackman, Venus and Serena Williams, Michael Dapaah, and Marcus Rashford. There's also a particularly moving tribute to Black Panther Chadwick Boseman.

The video was shown along with a video message from the man himself, offering some words of encouragement as many children return to school. "I wanted to show it to you guys first," he said, "[because] being students at school, I think it's important that you guys understand how powerful you are... Despite the colour of your skin, despite where you come from, despite your religion, despite whatever it is that you feel may be holding you back; you are a Superhero. So, I wanted to make this video to inspire you guys, to let you know that the sky is the limit. To let you know that all those things inside of you, make you incredible."

The video also includes potent references to the Black Lives Matter movement and the protests that took place in response to the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and countless others. "We can't ignore what happened," director Delix told Little Black Book in a recent interview. "It's what the whole song is about. And it's what Stormzy's about. He was there on the day, out there protesting."

Words: James Keith