Janelle Monae and Sandra Bland’s Mother Lead #BlackLivesMatter Rally
The #BlackLivesMatter movement is far from over– catching a new wave of melodic yet empowered fire from “Electric Lady” Janelle Monae and Wondaland artist.
On Monday, August 16, 2015, Monae along with several other Wondaland artist was joined by Sandra Bland’s mother and 200 protesters who rallied at the Bean Millennium Park in Chicago, Illinois.
Like many other non-violent rallies– protesters gathered to be heard in a society that seems to disregard black lives using their voice to awaken the masses and bring about change. With Monae, Sandra Bland’s mother (Geneva Reed-Veal), and Wondaland artist leading the way protesters sang Monae’s new song “Hell you Talmbout”. The new single is a powerful reminder that too many black lives have been taken undeservingly.
” This song deals with the anguish, the negligence, the disrespect that has been going on, and the abuse of power, by not all police officers but more than enough”, Monae said regarding the inspiration behind the song. “We believe that silence is our enemy but sound is our weapon.”
This is not the first time Monae and the Wondaland artist have taken to the streets to use their sound as a weapon. It has almost become a ritual for Monae and the Wondaland artist to rally before or after their Eephus tour concerts, which have taken place in Philadelphia, Washington D.C., New York City, and now Chicago.
As they liven the streets with their melodic efficacious battle cry the nation is reminded that we can all make a difference through the power of sound and we will continue to say the names of the lives taken by violence and the American “justice” system.
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