Yesha Callahan

Watch: D’Angelo and The Vanguard’s Powerful Saturday Night Live Performance

D’Angelo and the Vanguard hit up Saturday Night Live this weekend and performed “Really Love” and “The Charade” — two tracks off his latest album Black Messiah.

In protest of the Eric Garner decision and the 2014 death of Michael Brown, D’Angelo and his Vanguard bandmates and singers rocked “Black Lives Matter” and “I Can’t Breathe” shirts.

“All we wanted was a chance to talk/ ‘Stead we only got outlined in chalk/ Feet have bled a million miles we’ve walked/ Revealing at the end of the day, the charade.” — The Charade

  1. February 2, 2015 - Reply

    Crawling through a systematic maze

    And it pains to demise

    Pain in our eyes

    Strain of drownin’, wading into your lies

    Degradation so loud that you can’t hear the sound of our cries (doo, doo)

    All the dreamers have gone to the side of the road which we will lay on

    Inundated by media, virtual mind fucks in streams


    All we wanted was a chance to talk

    ‘Stead we only got outlined in chalk

    Feet have bled a million miles we’ve walked

    Revealing at the end of the day, the charade

    Perpetrators beware say a prayer if you dare for the believers

    With a faith at the size of a seed enough to be redeemed (doo doo)

    Relegated to savages bound by the way of the deceivers

    So anchors be sure that you’re sure we ain’t no amateurs


    All we wanted was a chance to talk

    ‘Stead we only got outlined in chalk

    Feet have bled a million miles we’ve walked

    Revealing at the end of the day, the charade


    With the veil off our eyes we’ll truly see

    And we’ll march on

    And it really won’t take too long

    And it really won’t take us very long

    Read more: D’Angelo – The Charade Lyrics | MetroLyrics

  2. February 2, 2015 - Reply

    It took a minute for the new album to grow on me, but I really like it now. D’Angelo always has a great band, I am a big fan of his bassist, Pino Pallidino, in particular. At a personal level, I guess I won’t be feeling any pangs of inadequacy after seeing D’Angelo perform shirtless like back in 2000 because is addition to making good music, my brother has been eating good too! LOL!

    • February 2, 2015 - Reply


      OMG I saw him at HOB in Hollywood with Raphael Saadiq back in the day, and he was a hot, sweaty mess. He looks better now. Healthier. He looked bad then.

  3. February 2, 2015 - Reply

    Kendra Foster

  4. February 2, 2015 - Reply

    D’Angelo is a very talented Brother. In this day and age, a wide spectrum of people from great musicians to athletes are reminding the world that we have a long way to go in dealing with the problem of the murder of innocent, unarmed black lives. Historically, black human life has been degraded by evil forces, but we will always remember one thing. We will remember the Dream and that Dream is to witness a society where black people can walk down the streets without fear of being killed. It is about a living in a world where racism and economic injustice are eliminated
    fully. That love of truth and that inspiring solidarity among Brothers and Sisters will carry onward. We will never quit in this struggle for our liberation. We will keep on going and adhere to the tenet of justice. D’Angelo and his band wanted to show an important, relevant message and they did an excellent job in displaying it impressively.

  5. February 3, 2015 - Reply

    that album was the business! Album of the year for 2014.
    I even watched boring SNL just for him and this performance. Never again will I go through the pain of that level of unfunny cringeyness again, when it’ll be up on youtube the day after.

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