21 August 2015

#tokfriday: Art, Emotion and the #BlackLivesMatter movement


The Black Lives Matter movement in the United States has gained prominence over the past 3 years as a social advocacy organization that brings awareness and forces discussion about how the police treat of people of color. The movement is especially concerned with the violent and sometimes deadly tactics police use against people of color.

The use of art and emotion is important to any movement, from protest songs to state propaganda. Recently, Janelle Monáe and Wondaland Records shared their new protest song connected to the #blacklivesmatter movement, called "Hell You Talmbout."

The KQ

There can be no knowledge without emotion. We may be aware of a truth, yet until we have felt its force, it is not ours. To the cognition of the brain must be added the experience of the soul. | Arnold Bennett

Other TOK Links

Language, Reason, Ethics, Human Sciences

The Short Article

Janell Monáe's protest song is a heart-rendering role call of injustices

Further Reading

Why Music? A Look at Art & Propaganda

Straight Outta Compton's power is in its protest songs. It's time America listened
Riot on the Set: How Public Enemy Crafted the Anthem 'Fight the Power'

Janelle Monáe and Wondaland Records Share Protest Song "Hell You Talmbout"


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