This week saw the release of “Change Gon' Come,” the latest music video from Gemikia Henderson, a promising 21-year-old director living in Richmond who has clear message she wants to get across.
“We wanted to show what young people go through,” she explains, on the phone from Richmond. “How young people see it in the community is the only way you make money is to sell drugs. The only way you can fit in is if you do something you may not be comfortable with. We wanted to show it takes just one person to say no, and to lead people down the right path.”
Over a track produced by XaiBeats and featuring Young D, Peeps, DonBlak and BraKeen, the video—a project of the RYSE Center filmed in various Richmond neighborhoods—unfolds in stark black and white until a pivotal moment that represents hope for a better life.
Henderson's connection to that hope is a personal one. In 2011, she lost her best friend to gun violence. “He knew some people who had did some wrong things, and he reaped the consequences for that by association," she says. "He was killed because of what other people that he knew did, or whatever he did in the past that he'd let go. But the person who killed him wasn't gonna let that go.”