Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin, Sandra Bland – say their names. This is what Janelle Monàe and her team want you to do in the newest step of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Monàe’s new anthem, “Hell You Talmbout,” has gained nationwide attention since its release. The main chorus is a chant, telling listeners to say the names of deceased victims of police brutality – obviously a song to be used during protests, take a listen:
Because of its growing popularity, Monàe was invited to perform on the Today Show on August 14, yet was promptly cut off during her ending speech. She’s heard to have said, “We want white America to know that we stand tall today. We want black America to know we stand tall today. We will not be silenced.”
Then a Today Show anchor cut her off. She was silenced. Currently there is no footage available of the rest of her speech, making the Today Show look ridiculous and contradictory.
It is unclear whether Monàe is aware of the show's actions, for she has yet to speak in favor or against. One thing is clear: her song has been heard and she will not be silenced.
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