new music: vita e cleveland stands up for black trans lives in “hell y’all ain’t talmbout” #soundcheck

September 17, 2015

With undeniable urgency, Vita Elizabeth Cleveland responds to Janelle Monae’s “Hell You Talmbout.” Her “Hell Y’all Ain’t Talmbout” lays out clearly the criticism that the current epidemic of transphobic violence is chronically omitted in discussion of Black Lives Matter. Vita E’s track uses Monae’s song as a jumping off point to deliver a powerful lesson in solidarity: “It’s all of us or none of us, flat out.” “Hell Y’All Ain’t Talmbout” ends listing 13 of the black trans women killed so far in 2015 with a declaration “We will NOT be erased! We will NOT stop!”

By Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK Contributor

Vita E Cleveland is a part of the awQward Talent agency founded by J Mase III which seeks to uplift the voices of trans and queer people of color. More music from Vita E can be found on Soundcloud