Songs for The Movement: “Hell Y’all Ain’t Talmbout”

The Songs for the Movement section of N.A.H. houses selected protest songs for social justice from the past and the present.

I’m trying to build a list here, and will update this category periodically, but feel free to share any suggestions you may have in the comments or via email.

Today’s entry in Songs for the Movement is “Hell Y’all Ain’t Talmbout” by Vita Elizabeth Cleveland with the message:

“This track is in response to the initial recording of “Hell You Talmbout” by Janelle Monae. The track, albeit powerful, once again proved to the world that even within the minds and spirits of black people, our black trans siblings are left behind, even in death. This track is a call to those that have forgotten us, as well as a chance to lift of my fallen black trans symbols, who should have been lifted up in the first place.”

Names mentioned in the Song are Below:

Elisha Walker

Ashton O’Hara

Candis Kapri

Shade Schuler

India Clarke

Amber Monroe

London Chanel

Penny Proud

Yasmin Vash Payne

Ty Underwood

Lamia Beard

Papi Edwards


From Aspiring Humanitarian, Relando Thompkins-Jones, MSW, LLMSW



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I'm a Social Justice Educator and Aspiring Humanitarian who is interested in conflict resolution, improving intergroup relations, and building more equitable and inclusive communities. "Notes from an Aspiring Humanitarian" is my blog, where I write about issues of diversity, inclusion, equity, and social justice. By exploring social identities through written word, film & video, and other forms of media, I hope to continue to expand and enrich conversations about social issues that face our society, and to find ways to take social action while encouraging others to do so as well in their own ways.

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