D’Angelo Brings #BlackLivesMatter to SNL


D'Angelo performed two songs off his surprise comeback album Black Messiah "Really Love" and "The Charade" on this week's J.K. Simmons–hosted SNL. For the latter, D'Angelo came out wearing a black hoodie, while his band, the Vanguard, was clad in black T-shirts emblazoned with the phrases "Black Lives Matter" and "I Can't Breathe" — slogans of a national response to the deaths of Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, and others. In the chorus, he sings: "All we wanted was a chance to talk/ 'Stead we only got outlined in chalk/ Feet have bled a million miles we've walked/ Revealing at the end of the day, the charade."

Here's his performance of "Really Love," with D'Angelo looking like a high-fashion version of Clint Eastwood circa The Good, the Bad, the Ugly.