At the conclusion of one of the most divisive years ever in British and American politics, it’s particularly important to remember that the issues being debated involve real consequences for real, everyday people, every day.
Which is why we find ourselves applauding Brit songstress Abisha for rushing the pre-Christmas release (while everyone is so distracted with the holidays) of the video for her poignant new single “Love Like This,” which celebrates the beauty of young love, while also standing up for LGBTQIA+ acceptance. And if there is anything we need more of right now, it is most certainly acceptance and tolerance.
Filmed at locations around NYC by Louis Browne and Sam Leviton, there is so much unabashed joy on the screen, that it can only be taken as a message of hope – especially at this time of year when so many so intensely feel the sting of societal rejection.
“Growing up black and gay in a place that’s largely white,” Abisha explains, “and where I didn’t know of anyone else who was queer, I had this feeling of being different for most of my life.”
“For a long time I wanted so badly to be what I thought was normal,” she recalls. “Now that I’m discovering who I am as an artist, I’m also discovering who I am as a person, and I’ve finally gotten to a place where I’m happy to stand out and express myself every way I can.”
And what greater gift?