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Exclusive: Janelle Monáe Is Trying to Be as Free and Open-Minded as Possible With Virtual Reality and Pandora Exclusive: Janelle Monáe Is Trying to Be as Free and Open-Minded as Possible With Virtual Reality and Pandora

“When the world tells us that the very existence of us, or our skin color, could get us kicked out of Starbucks. When the world tells us that because of your skin color, the police can mistake your cellphone for a gun and you’re murdered, it’s important that I tell my story and I tell stories about us in the future…

The Glow Up Anthem of the Week: Janelle Monáe and Pharrell Got the Juice

We promise, we’re going to stop with the all-Janelle Monáe-everything ... just as soon as we listen to Dirty Computer about 200 more times. But seriously: We’ll definitely give you a break next week, but for the second week in a row, the artist occasionally known as Cindi Mayweather has The Glow Up’s hearts—and…

Janelle Monáe Says Dirty Computer Is a Soundtrack for Carefree Black Women Who Are ‘Beautiful as Fuck’ Janelle Monáe Says Dirty Computer Is a Soundtrack for Carefree Black Women Who Are ‘Beautiful as Fuck’

I woke up this morning to headlines of Janelle Monáe coming out as a “queer black woman.” Sure, this is something many of us speculated about and indulged over once we peeped the visuals for her new album, Dirty Computer, but to have the CEO, record label owner, CoverGirl, artist and actual black girl magician open up…

Janelle Monáe Confirms She’s a ‘Queer Black Woman in America’ Janelle Monáe Confirms She’s a ‘Queer Black Woman in America’

In the lead-up to her new album, Dirty Computer, which drops this Friday, Janelle Monáe has more than hinted at her sexual identity. “Make Me Feel”—which channels her mentor Prince and features a synth line written by him—references both Black Mirror’s “San Junipero” episode, a queer utopian fantasy in which two women…

Janelle Monáe Is Serving Lewks on Lewks on Lewks ... and We Like That

Another day, another Janelle Monáe drop. This time it’s the accompanying visuals to “I Like That,” which we declared The Glow Up Anthem of the Week on Friday.

The Glow Up Anthem of the Week: Janelle Monáe’s ‘I Like That’

A little crazy, little sexy, little cool Little rough around the edges but I keep it smooth I’m always left of center and that’s right where I belong I’m the random minor note you hear in major songs And I like that I don’t really give a fuck if I was just the only one ...

We Got the ‘Pynk’: Janelle Monáe’s Got Girl Power on Lock

Just when Drake thought he’d written the #GirlPower anthem of the season, here comes Janelle Monáe to remind us of the power of the ... pynk.

On Prince and Painting Outside of Black and White: Janelle Monáe’s Inspiring Thought Process on Dirty Computer On Prince and Painting Outside of Black and White: Janelle Monáe’s Inspiring Thought Process on Dirty Computer

The first matter of business, if you haven’t already, is to treat yourself to Janelle Monáe’s latest video offerings, which the singer released today.

Double Vision: Janelle Monáe Drops 2 New Baddie Anthems on Us

In case you haven’t had your fill of African royalty this week (as if), Janelle Monáe dropped in on us today with not one, but two new singles sure to be in heavy rotation over the coming weeks, accompanied by stunning visuals that are already giving us fashion inspiration.

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