Janelle Monáe, Jidenna to Perform Sunday at Mission District Rally

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Sandra Bland's mother Geneva Reed-Veal appears with Janelle Monáe in Chicago. (Photo: Instagram)

R&B star Janelle Monáe and "Classic Man" hitmaker Jidenna are scheduled to appear at 24th and Mission on Sunday as part of a rally to recognize those killed by law enforcement.

Since releasing the percussive protest song "Hell You Talmbout," which advocates for remembering the names of black victims of police abuse, Monáe and Jidenna have appeared in cities around the country to march in protest, discuss the issue, and perform the song. In Chicago, the artists were joined by the mother of Sandra Bland. Bland, an African-American woman, died in custody in Texas on July 13, 2015.

In an Instagram post upon the song's release, Monáe wrote:

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.

Sunday's event, starting at 12:30pm, includes a press conference and performance, as well as an "interactive community action," according to the event's Facebook page.


The free event is organized in conjunction with Bay Area Stop Mass Incarceration Network. More details and info here.