Last week, Dev Hynes took the Guardian to task for allegedly removing him from the Guardian Guide's cover after he was "reluctant" to be part of that magazine's "perception of a Black Lives Matter story." It's not because Hynes has nothing to say about black life — quite the opposite — he just prefers to use the language of music to communicate his feelings. Last night on Conan, he used his performance as Blood Orange to stage a poignant memorial service honoring three recent victims of this violent summer: Philando Castile, a black man killed by Minnesota police in July; Hande Kader, a Turkish trans activist who was found mutilated and burned to death after she went missing earlier this month; and Terrence McCrary Jr. (a.k.a. T Mack), a young black man shot and killed at an art gallery in Oakland, California, last week. Hynes solemnly performed "Augustine" and "Thank You" with their portraits in front of his piano, taking a knee beside them at the latter song's devastating end.
Blood Orange live tonight on Conan O Brian RIP T Mack RIP Philando Castile RIP Hande Kader 🌹🌹🌹 pic.twitter.com/nFskBibc8w— Devonté Hynes (@devhynes) August 23, 2016