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KCK’s Janelle Monáe cut off by NBC during Black Lives Matter speech

KCK native Janelle Monae (left) performed with her labelmates Friday on The Today Show.
KCK native Janelle Monae (left) performed with her labelmates Friday on The Today Show. Instagram

On Friday, singer and KCK native Janelle Monáe released a new song, “Hell You Talmbout,” in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

The song features the names of men and women, including Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Sandra Bland and Freddie Gray, killed by police.

“This song is a vessel,” Monáe posted on Instagram.

“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?”

Monae also performed the new song, along with two other hits, on NBC’s Today Show.

At the end of her performance of “Hell You Talmbout,” Monáe began to speak about the purpose of the song.

“Yes, Lord,” Monáe said. “God bless America. God bless all who’ve lost lives to police brutality. We want white America to know that we stand tall today. We want black America to know that we stand tall today. We will not be silenced.”

But before Monae could finish, a Today Show anchor interrupted, speaking over her speech.

“We’ll have much more from Janelle Monáe … coming up,” the anchor said.

Monáe’s performances of “Tightrope” and “Yoga” were then posted to the Today Show’s website.

Her performance of “Hell You Talmbout,” however, was not featured.

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