A Sunday in Brooklyn with SZA

It's a hot Sunday in Brooklyn when Ms. Solana Rowe casually strolls in with her crew like true #squadgoals. The soft, tranquil, zen-like interior sets an atmosphere of intimacy, as the dinner party guest take their seats. Complete with positive vibes, good company, and delicious food, the table is set for those dope Instagram worthy moments that most millennial creatives strive for. 

What has been deemed as Sza's first studio album and a debut for a plethora of new fans, Ctrl really couldn't have come at a more perfect time. Over a month removed from its June release date, I'm still brainstorming words for a worthy think piece, simply because it resonates so closely with me and so many different women with our wildly complex emotions. The beauty is absolutely in the details. Between this album and the latest release of her label-mate, Kendrick Lamar, the TDE prominence in my listening sessions has been nothing less than therapeutic; both records are still in heavy rotation and I'm making it my business to purchase hard copies soon. 

As someone who has always felt somewhat of a personal connection to Sza through her music, I am extremely proud of where she has managed to land in her career. Who she is as an artist - as a human being - is so damn inspiring. I owe it to my self to constantly plug in to that kind of magic, which I think is embodied perfectly in this dinner party mini-film with her and some of her closest friends and teammates, including the mastermind and honcho of the TDE empire, Terrence “Punch” Henderson. 

"...I feel like empowerment and women is so damn conceptual. The key is just doing what you want..do what you want and you have to believe in what you want, even when other people don't which is the scary part...like how much am I having success with my ideas vs. how much am I facing adversity and then you just weigh than in, go back, do it again, and you have to just trust yourself and allow yourself to level up." - Sza

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video credits:

DIRECTOR 

Joseph Patel 

CREATIVE PRODUCER 

Anupa Mistry 

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY 

Kevin Hayden 

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS

Amelia D’Entrone 

Craig D’Entrone 

Joseph Patel 

EDITORS

Lika Kumoi 

Billy Song 

Dave Osborn 

CONSULTING PRODUCERS

Sue Chan & Emily Levins 

for Care of Chan

ASSISTANT EDITOR 

Stephanie Donnelly 

LINE PRODUCER 

Richard Kathlean 

STORY PRODUCER 

JaSaun Buckner 

CREATIVE DIRECTOR 

Ryan Markee 

PRODUCTION COORDINATORS

Hailey Rovner

Julian Seltzer 

CAMERA OP B 

Emmett Kaake 

CAMERA OP C 

Dylan Padilla 

ASSISTANT CAMERA 

Dereck Sexton Horani 

Alex Watson-Eng 

AUDIO SUPERVISOR 

Kurt Seery 

PRODUCTION ASSISTANT 

Tyler Orr

MUSIC & TALENT for VEVO

Annie Shapiro 

Jordan Glickson 

RCA RECORDS

Tom Corson 

Peter Edge 

John Fleckenstein 

Tunji Balogun 

Carlos Cuadros 

Carolyn Wiliams 

Tarek Al-Hamdouni 

Michelle Bodnar 

George Clark 

TDE

Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith 

Terrence “Punch” Henderson 

Dave “Miyatola” Free 

Roberto “Ret One” Reyes