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Janelle Monae releases song protesting police brutality

Kansas City, Kan., native Janelle Monae is taking a stand against the deaths of black men and women at the hands of the police.

Thursday, on her label Wondaland Records, Monae released “Hell You Talmabout,” a percussive anthem that features Monae and several other artists on her her Wondaland roster chanting the names of people killed by police or security personnel. Those names include Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, Sandra Bland, Freddie Gray, Walter Scott and Emmett Till, who was murdered by vigilanties in Mississippi in 1955, a crime that helped inspire the Civil Rights movement.

On Instagram, Monae posted: “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.” You can listen to the track here.

This has been a busy week for Monae. On Wednesday, she and hip-hop artist Jidenna joined about 150 persons in a protest march through North Philadelphia. She also took part in a protest in New York on Thursday. The marches were organized to bring awareness to the Black Lives Matter movement and the issue of police brutality.

And on Friday, she released “Wondaland Presents: The Eephus” the debut recording on her label. It comprises six tracks from artists on the label, including Monae, Jidenna, Deep Cotton and St. Beauty.

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