On this second day of March in the 2000 and the 18, we honor a singer, songwriter, model, actress, and Afrofuturist who tipped on tightropes for many moons to become the Queen of Wondaland. Janelle Monáe Robinson, our first honoree for Women's History Month, is a Grammy and Oscar winner and Covergirl who has traded in her usual tuxes for technicolor tights ahead of upcoming her third "emotion picture" which arrives April 27. When not shopping for ascots or time traveling, she uses her voice and platform to elevate and fight for the rights of women and marginalized communities. Having created timeless music and an intergalactic love story, she is proof that not every Bad Boy signee ends up in prison, irreparably ashy, or in charge of the fries at Zaxby's. Get into her two newest visuals, the Prince-flavored "Make Me Feel" and the boastful and brilliant "Django Jane" from Dirty Computer.
"The Otherworldy Concept Albums of Janelle Monáe" by Doreen St. Félix [The New Yorker]
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