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#SayHerName: Celebrities Draw Attention to the Death of Nia Wilson in the Week Following her Fatal Stabbing #SayHerName: Celebrities Draw Attention to the Death of Nia Wilson in the Week Following her Fatal Stabbing

For many around the country, the brutal murder of Nia Wilson, an 18-year-old black woman killed last Sunday night at a BART station platform in Oakland, Calif., hit close to home.

Tessa Thompson Loves Janelle Monáe, Came Out as Bisexual in Latest Interview Tessa Thompson Loves Janelle Monáe, Came Out as Bisexual in Latest Interview

Tessa Thompson’s sexual identity is no longer a secret.

Blakanda and the Beautiful: The Best, the Boldest and the Bad(dest) Looks of the 2018 BET Awards Blakanda and the Beautiful: The Best, the Boldest and the Bad(dest) Looks of the 2018 BET Awards

“Blakanda” was the theme, and black Hollywood didn’t disappoint at the 2018 BET Awards Sunday night, when black excellence took center stage at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Since several of our Root crew were in attendance, we left it to them to fill you in on all the details about the show, while we’ll do…

Freedom Over Fear: Janelle Monáe Covers Allure’s Freedom Issue Freedom Over Fear: Janelle Monáe Covers Allure’s Freedom Issue

You strip away the makeup, the costumes and everything you know about Janelle Monáe the artist, and I’m still the African-American, queer woman who grew up with poor, working-class parents. When I walk off a stage, I have to deal with these confrontations. I have to deal with being afraid for my family.

Is Black Music the Well Many Other Artists Drink From and Profit From More Than Black Artists? Is Black Music the Well Many Other Artists Drink From and Profit From More Than Black Artists?

What is black music? For many, it’s soul, funk, R&B, hip-hop and essentially all genres of music that reflect roots in blackness. But the industry doesn’t hear us. Music is very much a culture of “We make it, they take it.” We’ve seen it throughout history in the theft of everything we exclusively create within music,…

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…

Met Gala 2018: How Janelle Monáe Served Flawless Face for ‘Heavenly Bodies’ Met Gala 2018: How Janelle Monáe Served Flawless Face for ‘Heavenly Bodies’

Chanteuse, actress and perpetual stunner Janelle Monáe is never short on surprising moments—especially with the release of her latest album, Dirty Computer. But no matter what boundary-pushing look she may be rocking, one thing we can always rely on is her makeup looking radiant, thanks in no small part to longtime…

The Met Gala 2018: How Celebs Interpreted ‘Fashion and the Catholic Imagination’ The Met Gala 2018: How Celebs Interpreted ‘Fashion and the Catholic Imagination’

Monday night’s 2018 Met Gala in New York City was an incredible opportunity for deeply spiritual fashion moments. The theme? “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.” But while the theme was ripe with possibility, some of our faves fell—dare we say it?—a bit short on delivery.

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 ...

The Glow Up Anthem of the Week: Cardi B’s ‘Money Bag’

If you’re tired of Cardi B, I suggest that you avert your eyes, cover your ears, back away from the computer, and retreat to a remote and abandoned island for the foreseeable future, because at this point, it’s Cardi’s world and we’re just living in it.

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.

Ava DuVernay, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Janelle Monáe and More Join Call for Justice for Slain Afro-Brazilian Activist Ava DuVernay, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Janelle Monáe and More Join Call for Justice for Slain Afro-Brazilian Activist

More than two weeks after the assassination of Marielle Franco, an Afro-Brazilian politician who had staunchly advocated against police violence, grim details have emerged around her death.

All the Stars: The Essence Women in Hollywood Awards Made Oscar Week Much More Beautiful All the Stars: The Essence Women in Hollywood Awards Made Oscar Week Much More Beautiful

Just when we were longing for last year’s heavily melanated Oscars red carpet, the 11th Annual Essence Women in Hollywood Awards luncheon reminds us that our next surprise win may be much sooner than we think ... and we can’t wait.

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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