#BlackLivesMatters is more than a hashtag but a movement against police brutality, specifically for African Americans. No one shows the dynamics of the movement better than musician and activist Janelle Monae.
Along with her artists from her label, Wondaland Record, Monae has led numerous #RiseUp rallies and marches in major cities like Chicago and Los Angeles. She speaks for an end of law enforcement abusing their authority, wants there to no longer be a need for hashtags of victims and calls for unity to solve this plaguing problem.
Not only does she rally in the streets but she brings the battle with her where ever she goes. Monae ended the performance at NBC with a speech that was cut off. “Yes, Lord,” she started. “God bless America. God bless all who’ve lost lives to police brutality. We want white America to know that we stand tall today. We want black America to know that we stand tall today. We will not be silenced.” Ironically, the performance was then cut off and the broadcasters were shown.
After backlash from social media, an official spokesperson for NBC went to comment that “Janelle Monáe and Wondaland performed three songs on the Today show Friday: ‘Yoga,’ ‘Tightrope,’ and ‘Classic Man’. The show went to a hard commercial break at the end of the song ‘Tightrope,’ which ran a couple of minutes over time. The performance was not intentionally cut off — the show is programmed for that hard commercial break at the same time every day.” There was no explanation on why the segment is not available online.
Monae continues to fight against police brutality with a rally at Dawson Park, Portland today. She will also be treating fans to a free show at 8 p.m. at the Roseland Theater in Portland.