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Janelle Monáe Is Fighting Oppression and Breaking Down Stereotypes….One Beat at a Time

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In an industry with the likes of Beyoncé, Keyshia Cole and Niki Minaj, Janelle Monáe  stands out.  Her neatly coiffed natural hair and janelle monae 2her inclination to wear clothes that cover, rather than reveal, her figure have many paying more attention to her voice than her body.

Monáe is a gifted and unique artist who refuses to let the music industry enslave her. The singer, who defies being characterized in just one genre, is determined to maintain her own identity.  She recently released the CD, The Electric Lady. The eclectic tunes are receiving rave reviews from fans and critics alike.

“A lot of the songs have come to me in my dreams,” Janelle  recently shared with Rolling Stone.

Monáe goes on to tell the magazine, “I want to redefine beauty and goals for young women. It’s about breaking down stereotypes, fighting against oppression, trying to save the world.”

When asked about the title of her CD, she says that she drew inspiration from meeting First Lady Michelle Obama. “When thinking about who the Electric Lady is, I think about women standing up and being the voice of our community,” Monáe asserts. “She is an ambassador of great change and comes in different shapes, sizes, and colors.”

She also addresses the need to preserve Black music in all its majesty, uniqueness and beauty. She credits many icons in the industry for feeding her soul and helping her to feed others.

“I’m inspired by Bo Diddley, a true leader of R&B and blues,” she proclaims. “My goal was to make one of the best R&B albums this year, doing justice to all the wide subgenres, going through all their amazing moments. The album travels through the spectrum – from Jimi Hendrix to Anita Baker to Sly Stone – all the way to tomorrow. Black music bridges the gap between the past and future. My response to that is to keep the torch burning for the next generation.”

262 Comments

  1. Marcielena

    September 11, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    Way to go!!….Clean lyrics, uplifting real meaningful music at last! If more people would pay attention to the lyrics, and put the so-called music aside, they would realize what degrading messages rap music sends to the younger generation. You have a refreshing approach to what ails the music industry. May you receive much support and success while accomplishing your goals.

  2. DD

    September 12, 2013 at 8:56 am

    It’s great to see young people highlighting their talent without compromising their values. Wishing you much future success. DD

  3. marcus davis

    September 12, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    That’s kind of cool that you have someone as young as she is that cares about putting out good music and not shaking her butt like a lot of todays so called celebs.Lyrics are very important but so is the music rap isn’t music.

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