by: Obehi Imarenezor
Recently, singer Janelle Monae (in “23” jersey), and her label mate, Jidenna (in his token 3-piece suit), marched through North Philadelphia in a Black Lives Matter protest to help spread awareness towards police brutality.
One-hundred and fifty other protesters and activists joined both artists while carrying signs with messages such as “Black Joy”, “iMatter”, “Black Girl Magic”, and “Black Lives Matter.”
Both RnB superstars led the crowd by demonstration in “Say his name!” and “Say her name!” chants, performed, and also conversed with protesters while speaking out against police brutality.
Just two days after the peaceful rally in North Philly, during a performance on The Today Show, Monae was cut off as she spoke about the Black Lives Matter movement. “God bless all the lives lost to police brutality. We want white America to know that we stand tall today. We want black America to know we stand tall today. We will not be silenced…” While Monae spoke on the topic, an anchor reportedly spoke over her as she went on, and then swiftly cut to commercial shortly after she said “silenced”. A lot of viewers of The Today Show found the interruption disturbing.
To view more photos and video from the anti-police brutality protest, you can visit the site of the Philadelphia Student Union, http://www.PhiladelphiaStudentUnion.org, which is a local group dedicated to the organization of today’s youth. The Philadelphia Student Union strategically intends to resolve a difficulty or improve a situation and to further seek a fresh approach to something.
You can also follow them on Twitter @215studentunion for more updates and events!