Yesha Callahan

Wait, Did ‘Today’ Cut Away From Janelle Monáe’s #BlackLivesMatter Speech?



Janelle Monáe took over the Today Show stage in Rockefeller Plaza on Friday during the New York stop on her Eephus tour, and folks are still buzzing about her performance.

In addition to wowing the crowd with supercharged versions of “Yoga” and “Tightrope,”Monáe brought out fellow Wondaland artists Jidenna and Roman GianArthur who performed the hit single, Classic Man.”

Monáe ended her set with the powerful protest anthem, “Hell You Talmbout,” a song that pays homage to unarmed Black Americans killed by police and racial justice.

Monáe explained the inspiration for the song in an Instagram post.

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?

Monáe continued to preach about the need to remember victims of police violence during her Today Show performance, but unfortunately hosts cut away….right after she talked about not being silenced.

“Yes Lord! God bless America! God bless all the lost lives to police brutality. We want white America to know that we stand tall today. We want black America to know we stand tall today,” she said. “We will not be silenced…”

Apparently…the Today Show folks didn’t get the memo.

While they’ve posted clips of Monáe’s performance, one is missing: “Hell You Talmbout.”


  1. August 17, 2015 - Reply

    Ummm…no it is not a coincidence. The producers knew what they were doing. It’s called, “Hiding The Truth.” If Janelle was up there talking about a bunch of nonsense, they would have gave her extra time. I have not watched the Today Show in years and will not help their ratings now.

    If you try and silence my sisters, I will not support you. Problem solved…problem staying solved.

    • August 21, 2015 - Reply


      I stopped watching “The Today Show” on a regular basis after the Ann Curry debacle. They have major issues at NBC.

  2. August 17, 2015 - Reply

    The courageous voice of Janelle Monae is real and true. It is wrong, but not surprising that the Today show would do this in such a disrespectful way. Janelle Monae wasn’t even finished with what she had to say. The message of Janelle Monae is a reflection of what we stand for. We will not be silent. We mourn the deaths of our Brothers and our Sisters. Also, we will continue to fight. It’s in our ancestry to fight, so we press onward. We abhor police brutality and real justice is what we desire for black people.

  3. August 18, 2015 - Reply

    Now i know why i am not a fan of the Today show. It’s crazy this is a movement that is about social justice yet every media outlet is giving kudos to Straight Outta Compton that advocates violence and misogyny/misogynoire. That’s very strange. Celebrating violence against women and trying to shut down the voices that promote social change for black women. These are some strange times we are living in.

  4. August 18, 2015 - Reply

    U know they weren’t gonna aggravate their demographic (white women). Now had it been anyone else of non-ethnic origin that had something to say (that was unplanned) to address a social issue (say if it was Katy Perry or the other no talent white chick Taylor Swift) whatever they had to say would have been aired in it’s entirety.

    • August 21, 2015 - Reply


      Yep, and Taylor Swift would have been hailed as the new leader of the Civil Rights Movement. Look at what happened with Taylor called out Apple Music.

      • August 21, 2015 - Reply


        yes, she’s very influential

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