Janelle Monáe is no stranger to utilizing her platform in order to shine a light on the experiences of the Black community.
The 35-year-old singer and actress has teamed up with the African American Policy Forum and 15 other Black women and activists to release her new protest song, “Say Her Name,” as an anthem to honor the Black women and girls who were killed by law enforcement.
With “Say Her Name” — a follow up to her 2015 song “Hell You Talmbout” — Monáe tells PEOPLE that she wanted to “bring more awareness to what has not been covered and to also allow their families an opportunity to be able to hear people sharing their stories about their daughters as the human beings they were and as the daughters they were.”
The Hidden Figures star says that after releasing “Hell You Talmbout,” she had an eye-opening experience and “learned about the amount of women — Black women in particular — who had lost their lives to police violence and their stories were not covered,” Monáe says. “I just felt like it was super important that we all, on a global scale, became aware.”
The 17-minute song honors 61 Black women and girls by chanting their names.
JANELLE MONÁE (FEAT. VARIOUS ARTISTS) Release Another Single Titled SAY HER NAME (HELL YOU TALMBOUT)
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