Houston-born Megan thee Stallion made her debut on the season premiere of “Saturday Night Live” last night (October 3, 2020) as hosted by Chris Rock. The 25-year-old rapper performed “Savage” featuring Beyoncé for her opening number.
Midway through, the performance of the song was paused and replaced by the sound of rapid fire gun shots as oversized graphics of six bullets (the same number of times Breonna Taylor was shot) sprayed the wall behind Megan. The moment was followed by a recording of Malcolm X’s famed 1962 speech (below) in which he discusses the lack of respect for Black women and the need for Muslim men to protect them.
Malcolm’s speech was followed by a recording of Women’s March founder Tamika Mallory (above), who called out Kentucky’s attorney general, Daniel Cameron, who, as the state’s chief legal officer, oversaw the handling of Taylor’s killing at the hands of police, none of whom were prosecuted for her death.
Megan replayed the portion of Mallory’s speech in which Mallory stated, “Daniel Cameron is no different than the sell out negroes who sold our people into slavery.”
Megan went on to state, “We need to protect our Black women. And love our Black women. Cuz at the end of the day, we need our Black women. We need to protect our Black men and stand up for our Black men because at the end of the day, we’re tired of seeing hashtags of our Black men.”
For her second performance, Megan performed “Don’t Stop,” a brand new single featuring Young Thug. Clad in a red latex bodysuit and backed by four dancers, Megan was joined midway through the song by Young Thug who wore a preview air of Pyer Moss‘ debut footwear silhouette called The Sculpt, which launched October 3rd.
Check out both of Megan’s performances below, along with the Malcolm X speech referenced during her “Savage” performance.