In honour of her album, Dirty Computer, coming out this Friday, this week’s #WomanCrushWednesday is the effervescent Janelle Monae.
“Hit the mute button, let the vagina have a monologue.”
Janelle Monae, born December 1st, 1985, is a singer, songwriter, record producer, actress, and model. An incredibly talented woman, mentored by none other than the late, great Prince, she creates concept albums and songs that are their own worlds, they’re so intricate and beautifully crafted. Multiple Grammy nominations, and starring roles in both Moonlight and Hidden Figures, showcase her talent, and the world waits with bated breath for her next album.
“We come in peace, but we mean business.”
Despite having so much on her plate, Janelle made time to stand up for women with an empowering speech for the Time’s Up movement. Her lyrics, too are empowering, specifically to black women – “black girl magic, y’all can’t stand it” and “we highly melanated” are lyrics from her recent single, Django Jane. Of the song, she said it is “a response to me feeling the sting of the threats being made to my rights as a woman, as a black woman, as a sexually liberated woman, even just as a daughter with parents who have been oppressed for many decades. Black women and those who have been the ‘other’, and the marginalised in society – that’s who I wanted to support, and that was more important than my discomfort about speaking out.”
I can’t wait to see what message she uses her newest album to portray.
Her new album, Dirty Computer, comes out on Friday, but until then, feel free to join me in listening to this Spotify playlist on repeat.
50 years ago on April 4th Dr. King’s life was cut short but his dream still lives. My dream is that we LISTEN NOT TO JUST RESPOND but LISTEN TO UNDERSTAND ONE ANOTHER.