Yesterday, Janelle Monae and all of her artists including Jidenna, Deep Cotton, St. Beauty, and Roman Gianarthur, marched the streets of Philadelphia in a protest against police brutality. (As if anyone needed another reason to love Janelle and everything she stands for.) Janelle and her artists just released their highly anticipated EP today entitled, “Wondaland Records Presents: The Eephus” and are currently on tour to promote it. While in Philly, Wondaland took the opportunity to use their platforms in a positive way to further bring awareness to the tragic ongoing killings of African-Americans by police officers around the nation. They also released a song entitled, “Hell You Talmbout” on the Wondaland soundcloud account for free. This song continuously names the African-American victims of police brutality and challenges its listeners to say their names. In an Instagram post about the song Janelle writes,
janellemonaeThis 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?
While on tour, Wondaland has been doing interviews at different major media outlets. Today, The Breakfast Club at Power 105.1 posted the interview they held with Janelle, Jidenna, and Deep Cotton, in which Janelle breaks down crying while talking about feeling alone before having the company of her Wondaland artists, the #BlackLivesMatter movement, and the lack of other artists using their platforms to bring awareness for justice and equality.
Watch it and comment below telling how you feel about Janelle’s statements and if you think other artists should be using their platforms in the same way.