Just a few months ago soul singer D’Angelo’s name was not on the tips of anyone’s tongue, but the release of his Black Messiah album has changed all that. The album soon became critically acclaimed and its message was so well received that it landed him a spot as a musical guest on last night’s episode of Saturday Night Live.
The Black Messiah album was fueled by the tragic death of Trayvon Martin and it was rushed in its release due to the grand jury’s decisions not to press charges against police officers that took the lives of Eric Garner and Michael Brown. During one of D’Angelo’s performances he donned a hoodie to salute Trayvon while his band, The Vanguard, wore shirts with the words “I Can’t Breathe” in support of Eric Gardner. The studio floor also had a chalk outline of a human body to reference the death of Michael Brown.
D’Angelo really caught last night’s viewer’s attention with his “The Charade” track. His band wore shirts that loudly expressed “Black Lives Matter” and by the end of their performance, that message was clearly communicated. All in all, D’Angelo’s first televised performance in years was spectacular and hopefully viewers took much more away from it. Watch D’Angelo’s stunning performance of “The Charade” below and be sure to share your thoughts with us.