Ray BLK is an R&B/Soul singer from South London, England. Not too long ago, she released a cinematic music video for “Empress”, an ode to black girls glorifying their inner ‘black girl magic’.

Ray BLK – “Empress”

“I don’t want to settle for less ’cause I’m an Empress. I need the best, not the runner-up. ‘Cause that’s what I deserve. I don’t want to settle for less ’cause I’m an Empress. Got to big up my chest even if it hurts. When a woman knows her worth.” – lyrics

The Geej Ower-directed video finds Ray BLK, seated by myself, inside London’s Charing Cross Theatre. There, she sings about the problematic relationships she had with Michael and Keith. Also, she sings on why they weren’t good enough for her.

The camera zooms in on BLK’s face while she sings the chorus. When it gradually zooms out, we see a theatre full of women, seated around BLK, positioned mid center. There she sings about the problematic relationship she had with Jamie, and why she had to leave him also. 

Also, the female-themed video features special guest appearances from Maya Jama, Julie Adenuga, and some of BLK’s closest friends.

Ray BLK

Ray BLK

“This is my story – done my way. It’s about seeing yourself, knowing what you deserve. And it’s for girls to wake up and see themselves as empresses…I want women to see themselves as queens.” – Ray BLK

We recommend adding Ray BLK’s “Empress” single to your personal playlist.


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