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Janelle Monae recruits Beyonce, Alicia Keys for 'Say Her Name'

Janelle Monáe recruited Beyoncé, Alicia Keys and other stars for Say Her Name (Hell You Talmbout), a new song protesting police violence. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI
Janelle Monáe recruited Beyoncé, Alicia Keys and other stars for "Say Her Name (Hell You Talmbout)," a new song protesting police violence. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

Sept. 24 (UPI) -- Janelle Monáe is back with new music.

The 35-year-old singer and actress released a single and lyric video for the song "Say Her Name (Hell You Talmbout)" on Friday.

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Monáe partnered with the African American Policy Forum and Professor Kimberlé Crenshaw on the song, which protests police violence against Black women and girls.

The 17-minute song features 15 other Black female artists and activists, including Crenshaw, Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, Chlöe x Halle, Zoë Kravitz, Tierra Whack and MJ Rodriguez.

"This International Daughter's Day and we are proud to stand with the African American Policy Forum's #SayHerName Mothers Network & Kimberlé Crenshaw as we honor the Black women and girls who lost their lives at the hands of police," Monáe said in a statement.

"We support the tireless work that #SayHerName has been doing for years to help bring these mothers justice for their daughters. This work is too important to do alone and can only be sustained through our collective voices," she added. "We take up this call to action as daughters ourselves trying to create a world where stories like these are no longer commonplace. This is a rally cry."

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Monáe said the group aims "to give reverence to the countless Black women and girls" who have died and "to their mothers who have suffered this unbearable loss."

"They matter. Their names matter. Their stories matter. And justice needs to be served," she said. "May we all commit ourselves to protecting Black women and girls and making systemic changes to protect our sisters from the abuse of power in the police force. Please join us and #SayHerName."

Moments from Janelle Monae's career

Janelle Monáe arrives at the Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 8, 2009. Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

Monáe most recently released the song "Stronger" for the Netflix series We the People in July.

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