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Janelle Monáe and her Wondaland Records have shared a powerful new anthem as a rallying cry in response to ongoing racial injustice.
Joined by Wondaland artists Deep Cotton, St. Beauty, Jidenna, Roman GianArthur and George 2.0., the group is heard voicing the names of a number of African-Americans killed in recent years, including Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, Sandra Bland, Sean Bell, Freddie Gray and others.
They have included the following message with the track:
"This song is a vessel.
It carries the unbearable anguish of millions.
We recorded it to channel the pain, fear, and trauma
caused by the ongoing slaughter of our brothers and sisters.
We recorded it to challenge the indifference, disregard,
and negligence of all who remain quiet about this issue.
Silence is our enemy. Sound is our weapon.
They say a question lives forever until it gets the answer it deserves...
Won't you say their names?"
Hear the song below.