Watch Dev Hynes Pay Tribute To Hande Kader, Philando Castile on 'Conan'

Watch Dev Hynes Pay Tribute To Hande Kader, Philando Castile on 'Conan'

Blood Orange Delivers A Flawless, Tear Jerking Performance in honor of lives lost so far this year

Blood Orange Delivers A Flawless, Tear Jerking Performance in honor of lives lost so far this year

Text: Emma Blanchard

British singer-songwriter Devonté Hynes, also known as Blood Orange, took to Conan’s stage last week to communicate an important message through his music. In remembrance of Philando Castile, Hande Kader, and Terrence McCrary Jr’s, Hynes performed a powerful tribute to the three individuals who tragically lost their lives this summer.

Castille and McCary were both victims of fatal police shootings, while Kader, a transgender woman and figurehead for the LGBT rights movement, was horrifically raped, burned, and mutilated. Kader, 22, was outspoken in her pursuit to bring awareness and attention to the LGBT community in Turkey, and was employed as a sex worker in order to pay her rent and eventually fund reassignment surgery. The discovery of her body in a forest in Istanbul sparked uproar in within the international LGBT community this weekend. Despite the fact homosexuality is not illegal in Turkey, those who do identity as part of the community will inevitably face discrimination and inequity. Kader is one of the many members of the LGBT community in turkey who have devastatingly lost their lives to the intolerance and violence. Of course, many trans women who have been murdered in the U.S. this year as well.

Hynes performed two songs off his new album Freetown Sound while he sat playing a grand piano. In front of the white piano sat framed photographs of all three victims as well as flowers. The new album communicates strong political messages, primarily focusing on issues of racial injustice. Hynes flawlessly executed his performance, smoothly switching from the mellow tune of “St Augustine” into a fluid rap verse over the track “Thank You.” Backed up by two graceful dancers, Hynes delivered a performance that was not only beautiful and sincere, but also extremely culturally relevant. Watch it below.

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