Entertainment Janelle Monáe Releases New Song 'Say Her Name' to Protest Police Brutality Against Black Women

07:45  24 september  2021
07:45  24 september  2021 Source:   people.com

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Monáe and her Wondaland associates, including "Classic Man" duo Jidenna and Roman GianArthur, have taken that message and put it to song . In Philadelphia yesterday, in New York City this afternoon, and in "Hell You Talmbout," released today, they honor dozens of Black men and women whose lives were taken by police — too Since 1945, EBONY magazine has shined a spotlight on the worlds of Black people in America and worldwide. Our commitment to showcasing the best and brightest as well as highlighting disparities in Black life has been, and will always be, cornerstone to EBONY.

Boston City Council named October 16, 2013 " Janelle Monáe Day" in the city of Boston, Massachusetts, in recognition of her artistry and social leadership. Monáe 's musical career began in 2003 upon releasing a demo album titled The Audition. In 2007, Monáe publicly debuted with a conceptual EP titled Monáe attended F. L. Schlagle High School,[26] and after high school, moved to New York City to study musical theater at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, where she was the only black woman in her class.[29][30] Monáe enjoyed the experience, but feared that she

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Janelle Monáe is no stranger to utilizing her platform in order to shine a light on the experiences of the Black community.

The 35-year-old singer and actress has teamed up with the African American Policy Forum and 15 other Black women and activists to release her new protest song, "Say Her Name," as an anthem to honor the Black women and girls who were killed by law enforcement.

With "Say Her Name" — a follow up to her 2015 song "Hell You Talmbout" — Monáe tells PEOPLE that she wanted to "bring more awareness to what has not been covered and to also allow their families an opportunity to be able to hear people sharing their stories about their daughters as the human beings they were and as the daughters they were."

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Janelle Monáe was cut off during a speech against police brutality by an NBC anhor live on television. The singer was invited to perform three songs on NBC’s The Today Show, including her new politically-charged song 'Hell You Talmout', which name checks a number of black men and women who have died at the hands of police officers including Eric Garner, Walter Scott and Sandra Bland. The song also name -checks Trayvon Martin, who was shot dead by George Zimmerman in 2012 and Emmet Till, a 14-year-old whose murder in 1955 at the hands of white racists inspired a

Janelle Monae and Jidenna are standing up against police brutality . The two artists and label-mates led a march down the streets of Philly today, Wednesday (Aug. 12), alongside Philly residents -- all caring signs with impactful messages that read: " Black Girl Magic," " Black Joy," and " Black Lives Matter." "You're going to say his name and say her name ," said Monae to those ready to march alongside her . "Can I get a clap?" Photos surfaced on social media showing Monae and Jidenna walking through the streets with others, carrying signs and chanting for justice.

The Hidden Figures star says that after releasing "Hell You Talmbout," she had an eye-opening experience and "learned about the amount of women — Black women in particular — who had lost their lives to police violence and their stories were not covered," Monáe says. "I just felt like it was super important that we all, on a global scale, became aware."

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The 17-minute song honors 61 Black women and girls by chanting their names.

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Dr. Kimberlé Crenshaw, cofounder of the African American Policy Forum, says the community has "fallen out of awareness around this tragedy that's happened to too many Black women" and the growing activism is "the kind of shift that's necessary" in our society to "reverse injustices."

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After taking part in two marches against police brutality , Janelle Monae released "Hell You Talmbout," an impactful song to pay tribute to those who fell victim to the violence. The singer and her labelmates at Wondaland Records teamed up on the powerful chant song to accompany their efforts in leading marches in cities such as Philadelphia and New York City. As snare drums stir in the background of the track, names of victims who died due to race-related incidents -- including Michael Brown, Treyvon Martin, and Freddie Gray -- are forcefully repeated.

She is dressed in a fetching new arrangement of her preferred black -and-white palette: a slightly cropped top and flared pants, worn under a fuzzy black duster coat with massive white polka dots. Monáe ’s 2015 single Hell You Talmbout recounts a chilling list of names of African American victims of police brutality . It’s a Black Lives Matter song , a protest song . “You know, I spend a lot of time in the future,” Monáe says , her sheer warmth and sincerity cancelling out any self-parody, as she nods to her cyborg persona.

As a vocal activist, she says no matter where she went or what demographic she was speaking to, people would easily recognize the names of the Black men killed by police — Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice — but few would recognize the women and girls who were in the same situations.

"The silence that surrounds the killing of Black women is what we have just witnessed. So what are we going to do to reverse it?" Crenshaw explains. "The saying her name was the creation of that cacophony of sound. We needed to not only say their names, but explode the sound barrier by saying the names that had been erased for so long."

She adds, "We say their names, we bring awareness to the fact that so many of their families experience not just the loss of the daughter, but the loss of the loss. It's like their killing doesn't mean anything and because it doesn't get reported, there's an additional trauma that the family has to deal with."

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Black women — mothers, sisters, daughters, friends, and partners — have offered and echoed this advice (and experienced the trauma that comes from giving this advice) for years. We haven’t been giving ourselves the same advice, however. And though the Black Lives Matter movement was started by We need advice on how to handle encounters with the police that can quickly turn violent and even deadly. Black women , like Charleena Lyles in Seattle, were pregnant when killed by police . They were experiencing mental health crises, like Shukri Ali in Georgia and Deborah Danner in New York.

The singer Janelle Monáe appeared to be silenced during an appearance on NBC’s Today show on Friday morning, shortly after saying in a speech in support of the Black Lives Matter movement: “We will not be silenced.” Last week in Philadelphia, Monáe led a march in support of Black Lives Matter movement, which emerged last year after a number of deaths of unarmed African American men and women either at the hands of police officers or while in police custody. She has also recently released a protest song , Hell You Talmbout, which features chants of the names of many of those who have

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Proceeds from the song and video and will benefit the AAPF's #SayHerName campaign. The organization creates emergency resources to support the mothers and loved ones of those who have died. The funds will also support the development of art that helps the families tell their story.

"We basically try to mend and tend to the spirit and the body, to the trauma and to the possibilities that still lay ahead," Crenshaw tells PEOPLE. "So this song, the tremendous gift that the artists are giving us, will allow us to do more of the work that frankly, a lot of people don't even know needs to be done."

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Along with Monáe and Crenshaw, "Say Her Name" also features Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, Chlöe x Halle, Tierra Whack, Isis V., Zoë Kravitz, Brittany Howard, Asiahn, Mj Rodriguez, Jovian Zayne, Angela Rye, Nikole Hannah-Jones, Brittany Packnett Cunningham and Alicia Garza.

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However, Monáe ensures that the focus is not on the celebrities she collaborated with but the AAFP and the historical impact they can make.

"Each of us is a daughter and we came together on a human to human level, sister to sister level to honor these names," she says.

"Music has always been therapy for me. What this [song] is also doing is capturing a moment in our history and how we all came together to spread the word about who they are," the singer adds. "To be able to uplift their names in this song is taking a piece of American history and taking a piece of what has happened so that history won't repeat itself again."

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"Say Her Name" is released ahead of International Daughters Day on Sept. 26 and honors the following Black women and girls: Rekia Boyd, Latasha Nicole Walton, Atatiana Jefferson, Kendra James, Priscilla Slater, Yuvette Henderson, Renee Davis, Kyam Livingston, Cynthia Fields, Kindra Chapman, India Kager, Shelly Frey, LaJuana Phillips, Kisha Michael, Dannette Daniels, Crystal Ragland, Pamela Turner, Latandra Ellington, Crystalline Barnes, Korryn Gaines, Michelle Cusseaux, India Cummings, Sandra Bland, Symone Marshall, Yvette Smith, Margaret Mitchell, Mya Hall, Tyisha Miller, Alesia Thomas, Kayla Moore, Alberta Spruill, Breonna Taylor, Aiyana Stanley-Jones, Nizah Morris, LaTanya Haggerty, Layleen Polanco, Shereese Francis, Sheneque Proctor, April Webster, Kathryn Johnston, Michelle Shirley, India Beaty, Tanisha Anderson, Sandy Guardiola, Shukri Ali Said, Duanna Johnson, Eleanor Bumpurs, Jessica Williams, Sarah Riggins, Charleena Lyles, Sharmel Edwards, Deborah Danner, Joyce Curnell, Natasha McKenna, Darnesha Harris, Pearlie Golden, Miriam Carey and Tarika Wilson.

"Say Her Name" is available to stream here. Learn more about the African American Policy Forum and donate here.

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