The Wondaland crew released a song this week, remembering all of those who have their lives recently to police brutality, called “Hell You Talmbout.” In the same week, Janelle Monáe and Jidenna were in North Philly, leading a 150 person protest. “They say a question lives forever, until it gets the answer it deserves,” Monáe said. “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?”
— Philly Student Union (@215studentunion) August 12, 2015
Melanie McCoy, one of the organizers of the rally, said, “In the wake of police brutality and numerous other things we wanted to make sure that the world knew that black joy is still important and it’s relevant. Just as important as black rage is, black joy is equally as important. We feel like we can use both.” Before playing a gig later on Wednesday night, Janelle Monáe and Jidenna led chants of the names of black women and men who have lost their lives either in police custody or during unnecessary altercations with the police.