Summary of “How Janelle Monáe Found Her Voice”

The public, she explained, doesn’t really “Know Janelle Monáe, and I felt like I didn’t really have to be her because they were fine with Cindi.” When Prince died in April 2016, she started to rethink how she would present herself.
Monáe will release an extended musical film with the album that illustrates and complements “Dirty Computer.” The 50-minute “Emotion picture,” as she calls it, follows a young woman, played by Monáe, on the run from an authoritarian government that hunts down so-called deviants and “Cleans” them by erasing their memories.
Longtime fans will recognize the parallels to Mayweather – which Monáe expects – but instead of focusing on a fictional male human lover, the object of her affection is the actress Tessa Thompson, with whom Monáe is frequently photographed in real life.
Monáe is media-savvy enough to protect herself from becoming tabloid fodder for publications that want to turn her personal life into spectacle or reduce her art to her sexuality.
Combs told Monáe that he wanted to introduce her to a larger audience.
The women had gathered for a brunch that Monáe was hosting for her “Fem the Future” project to support women in the entertainment industry.
Monáe had chosen three female filmmakers to make short films funded by Belvedere vodka that answered the question: What does a beautiful future look like? The event was nominally to celebrate them but more largely to gather in one room actors, writers, directors and producers Monáe admired.
Monáe had heard that Lucia McBath, the mother of Jordan Davis; Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin; and Gwen Carr, the mother of Eric Garner, were going to be there, too, and she wanted to offer support.

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