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Janelle Monae Among Those Slated To Perform At Women's March

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Singer-songwriter Janelle Monae.

Matt Winkelmeyer

The Women’s March on Wednesday released the names of the artists who will perform at the kick off of the Jan. 21 protest, with Janelle Monae, Maxwell, and Angelique Kidjo headlining.

Other performers include the Indigo Girls, Toshi Reagon, Samantha Ronson, Emily Wells, DJ Rekha, MC Lyte, St. Beauty, Beverly Bond, Alia Sharief, DJ Rimarkable, Amber Coffman, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and Climbing PoeTree.

Gloria Steinem and Harry Belafonte are honorary co-chairs, and the march has partnered with Planned Parenthood and other women’s healthcare advocates for a turnout expected to approach around 200,000 people in Washington, DC.

The announcement comes with the addition of Questlove, Grimes, Matt and Kim, KT Tunstall, Neko Case, Rakim, TV on the Radio, and Lila Downs to the March’s Artists Table, a high-profile support committee of around 150 artists chaired by America Ferrera.

“Music has always been a powerful tool for galvanizing unity and I believe that singing and standing together, our voices will be stronger than any force that tries to repress us,” Monae said in a statement released by the Women’s March.

Toshi Reagon, music director of the Women’s March, has also recorded a cover of “Ella’s Song,” a song written by her mother about civil rights activist Ella Baker, and Reagon will perform the song to close out the march.

The march, which will take place the day after President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration, aims to connect women across various identities, though it has run into internal splits over race, abortion, and the rights of sex workers. The organizers have been adamant that the event is “pro-woman” rather than “anti-Trump.”


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