Because she’s not only a fashion ingenue. Because she’s not just a quirky Black pop star. Because she stands for something.

Won’t you say their names? Can we say their names right now? Can we speak their names, as long as we have breath in our bodies? -Janelle Monae


After helping to lead a #BlackLivesMatter march in Philadelphia on Wednesday in remembrance of the anniversary of Michael Brown’s death and all the other black lives lost senselessly to police brutality, the artist, along with her Wonderland label mates released Hell You Talmbout. The song is urgent, pleading, angry, and emotional. Have a listen here. And say their names.