American pop star and Atlantic Records recording artist Janelle Monae made her debut with her song “Say Her Name”, the powerful and touching track from her 2013 album topped the charts, Electric lady.
The song’s choppy lyrics honor the lives of black women across America who have lost their lives for no reason as a result of racial police brutality.
The seventeen-minute, forty-two-second illustration video and song is the result of its partnership with the African American Policy Forum (AAPF) and the Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies (CISPS), which undertook to raise awareness since 2014, and provide funding for the families of unrecognized black women who have lost their lives.
AAPF Founder Dr Kimberley Crenshaw made a statement saying, “We are honored that Ms Monáe and so many artists have lent their voices to reverse what we have called ‘loss of loss’.
Popular superstars Alicia Keys, Beyonce, Chloe and Halle, Zoe Kravitz and a host of other influential figures all contributed vocally, alongside Monae for the monumental production.
The names of the victims who were sung heart-wrenchingly on the track are: Rekia Boyd, Latasha Nicole Walton, Atatiana Jefferson, Kendra James, Priscilla Slater, Yuvette Henderson, Renee Davis, Kyam Livingston, Cynthia Fields, Kindra Chapman, India Kager, Shelly Frey, LaJuana Phillips, Kisha Michael, Dannette Daniels, Crystal Ragland, Pamela Turner, Latandra Ellington, Crystalline Barnes, Korryn Gaines, Michelle Cusseaux, India Cummings, Sandra Bland, Symone Marshall, Yvette Smith, Margaret Mitchell, Mya Hall, Tyisha Miller , Alesia Thomas, Kayla Moore, Alberta Spruill, Breonna Taylor, Aiyana Stanley-Jones, Nizah Morris, LaTanya Haggerty, Layleen Polanco, Shereese Francis, Sheneque Proctor, April Webster, Kathryn Johnston, Michelle Shirley, India Beaty, Tanisha Anderson, Sandy Guardiola , Shukri Ali Said, Duanna Johnson, Eleanor Bumpurs, Jessica Williams, Sarah Riggins, Charleena Lyles, Sharmel Edwards, Deborah Danner, Joyce Curnell, Natasha McKenna, Darnesha Harris, Pearlie G olden, Mi Riam Carey and Tarika Wilson.