Janelle Monae Says We Must Say Their Names

Janelle Monáe, Jidenna alongside the rest of the Wondaland Arts Society team Deep Cotton, St. Beauty, Roman GianArthur, and George 2.0. – have dropped a protest song  “Hell You Talmbout,” in support of the Black Live Matter movement.

Drumbeats underline the chant of each of the victims of unlawful police killings over the last year.  Repeating “Say His Name, Say Her Name.” each artist repeats the names of the victims Eric Garner, Sandra Bland, Emmett Tillm Jordan Baker, Michael Brown and many more

Posting in Instagram Monae went on to explain  “This song is a vessel. It carries the unbearable anguish of millions. We recorded it to channel the pain, fear, and trauma caused by the ongoing slaughter of our brothers and sisters. We recorded it to challenge the indifference, disregard, and negligence of all who remain quiet about this issue. Silence is our enemy. Sound is our weapon. They say a question lives forever until it gets the answer it deserves… Won’t you say their names?”

Earlier in morning, Janelle Monae joined Jidenna on his scheduled appearance on NYC radio station Power for the Breakfast Club. Speaking emotionally on the show Janelle broke into tears as she talked about the civil unrest in the U.S alongside the Black Live Matter movement and the importance of caring for the community and protesting for justice.