— marla york. (@theseMYtweetz) August 14, 2015
After a week full of protests and rallies, Wondaland singer Janelle Monae was prepared to televise her statements on police brutality on The TODAY Show Friday morning.
NBC, however, was not.
The “Yoga” singer’s speech regarding police brutality was cut short just as she was about to touch on the Black Lives Matter movement, The Guardian reports. Miss Monae appeared on the program to perform “Hell You Talmbout” with Jidenna, Roman GianArthur, and the rest of the Wondaland crew; their new protest anthem that shouts out the names of Eric Garner, Aiyana Stanley Jones, Freddie Gray, and more people of color who have lost their lives in police killings.
After belting out the vocals, Janelle made the following statement:
“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. We will not be silenced…”
Before she finished, producers cut to a commercial break. Twitter users also pointed out another odd twist in the alleged silencing — Monae’s hit records “Yoga” and “Tightrope” were available to view on the show’s website. The newest protest anthem, “Hell You Talmbout,” was not.
Janelle’s revolution wasn’t fully televised the way she hoped for, but the artist is finding other ways to reach the people. Monae has supported the “Black Lives Matter” movement through her “Eephus Tour” by holding rallies in each city she performs in.
The shows are free of charge.
Learn more about the “Eephus Tour” here.