Janelle Monáe took over the Today Show stage in Rockefeller Plaza on Friday during the New York stop on her Eephus tour, and folks are still buzzing about her performance.
In addition to wowing the crowd with supercharged versions of “Yoga” and “Tightrope,”Monáe brought out fellow Wondaland artists Jidenna and Roman GianArthur who performed the hit single, “Classic Man.”
Monáe ended her set with the powerful protest anthem, “Hell You Talmbout,” a song that pays homage to unarmed Black Americans killed by police and racial justice.
Monáe explained the inspiration for the song in an Instagram post.
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?
Monáe continued to preach about the need to remember victims of police violence during her Today Show performance, but unfortunately hosts cut away….right after she talked about not being silenced.
“Yes Lord! God bless America! God bless all the lost lives to police brutality. We want white America to know that we stand tall today. We want black America to know we stand tall today,” she said. “We will not be silenced…”
— marla york. (@theseMYtweetz) August 14, 2015
Apparently…the Today Show folks didn’t get the memo.
While they’ve posted clips of Monáe’s performance, one is missing: “Hell You Talmbout.”