Janelle Monáe Enlists Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, More For 'Say Her Name' Song
By Regina Park
September 26, 2021
Janelle Monáe recruited several fellow artists for a 17-minute song protesting police brutality against Black women.
The track, entitled "Say Her Name (Hell You Talmbout)" is also assisted by professor-activist Kimberlé Crenshaw, journalist and The 1619 Project creator Nikole Hannah-Jones, political commentator Angela Rye, Pose actress MJ Rodriguez and activist Brittany Packnett-Cunningham, actress Zoë Kravitz, and more.
Over snare drums reminiscent of a marching band, the names of 61 Black women and girls are chanted in a call-to-action to Say Her Name.
The latest track, Dr. Crenshaw told People is to raise awareness about the violence Black women face, but are not as widely known or raised up in the community.
The community, Crenshaw, who is also the co-founder of the African American Policy Forum, says, "has fallen out of awareness around this tragedy that's happened to too many Black women," adding that the swell of activism around the issue is "the kind of shift that's necessary" in order to "reverse injustices."
When we created #SayHerName, we did so to break through the silence around the killing of Black women + girls. Today & forever, we remember our sisters through song!— Kimberlé Crenshaw (@sandylocks) September 24, 2021
I am so excited to share this song w/ you. Out now. Watch the powerful lyric video here: https://t.co/UCflyAfmv6 pic.twitter.com/bPsTK2OpAn