Last week, Janelle Monáe hit up The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to perform, for the first time on TV, her track “Americans.”
The Prince-inspired R&B tune, off her latest record Dirty Computer, subverts its feel-good vibes with a politically charged message about the divisiveness that plagues the country.
And Monáe’s performance is just as potent. She’s accompanied by an inclusive group of dancers, including transgender actress MJ Rodriguez, all of whom join her with Black Panther salutes and NFL-referencing kneeling on stage.
“Don’t try to take my country / I will defend my land / And I’m not crazy, baby / No, I’m American,” the R&B star implores. Yass, kween.
Watch her performance here: