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Janelle Monáe and Angela Rye Have One Message: Go Vote

The midterm elections are coming in November, and this vote comes at a critical point in our nation’s history. After all, we as Americans have the power to decide who will lead our country out of the despair of this Trumpian regime (barring no interference from Russia—let’s be real). Regardless, we must do our part…

Janelle Monae Delivers a Strong Message of Support to Survivors of Sexual Violence Janelle Monae Delivers a Strong Message of Support to Survivors of Sexual Violence

Last week was surely triggering and traumatic for victims of sexual violence as they watched Dr. Christine Blasey Ford get dragged through the mud simply for coming forward with her accusation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Michelle Obama Unveils Text Message Campaign That Makes It Easier to Register to Vote Michelle Obama Unveils Text Message Campaign That Makes It Easier to Register to Vote

When We All Vote, the non-profit, non-partisan voting initiative started by Michelle Obama, is gearing up for its National Week of Action in a major way: by helping you get registered to vote.

This Is Not a Drill: Your New Best Friends, Michelle Obama, Janelle Monáe and Angela Rye Want to See You at Spelman This Is Not a Drill: Your New Best Friends, Michelle Obama, Janelle Monáe and Angela Rye Want to See You at Spelman

Join The Root and special guests Janelle Monáe and Angela Rye as we partner up with Michelle Obama’s When We All Vote campaign at the campus of Spelman College on Thursday, Sept. 27.

Janelle Monae Explains Why Getting Out and Voting Is So Important to Her  Janelle Monae Explains Why Getting Out and Voting Is So Important to Her 

Singer and actress Janelle Monae is passionate about voting and she wants everyone to get on board. As such, she appears in a new video telling her own voting story and encouraging others to understand the importance of this most important civic duty and right.

#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 ...

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