Janelle Monae’s “Hell You Talmbout” is Movement Music that Moves Me
Chile, y’all know I LOVE ME SOME Janelle Monae. Not just because her closet is my spirit animal and her love of suits and feminine menswear makes my heart swell. The lady is a free Black girl whose music has no limits and she has fun with it. Plus, she is incredibly smart. It comes out of her pores.
Now add me to her STAN list. Janelle, Jidenna and their Wondaland crew joined a Black Lives Matter rally in Philly the other day and got on the mic singing “Hell You Talmbout.” Well, it is now a single and I am here for it.
In Hell You Talmbout (you know I love that last word), they yell the names of those Black men, women and children who have been killed at the hands of state-sanctioned violence. Unarmed people whose lives have ended while in police custody, on the streets, in their beds. The song is 7 minutes long and it could have been 20. There is no shortage of names to call and that’s heartbreaking.
Say her name. Say his name. Say their names. We cannot forget them. If you need me, I’ll be playing this on loop for the rest of the day, because YES.
This is what it looks like to use your own power (whatever it is) to speak truth to power. Who are we to have these platforms and fill them with nothing but fluff? This is courage. Thank you, Wondaland. This was incredible.