Janelle Monae

Smoke Signal: Building the Past, the Present, and the Afrofuture

Today’s Afrofuturist art blurs the lines between present and future, fact and fiction, and fantasy and reality.

BitchTapes: Welcome to the Afrofuture

Happy Dirty Computer day! Read more »

Listening to Janelle Monáe: Lean Close to Observe the Myriad of Lives, Desires, and Complexities of Black Women

In each of Monáe’s performances, Monáe demonstrates her understanding—no, overstanding—of the complexity of Black women’s lives, desires, and perspectives. Read more »

In "Hidden Figures," NASA's African American Mathematicians Will Land On the Big Screen

Based on the lives of real women, the upcoming movie stars Janelle Monae, Taraji P. Henson, and Octavia Spencer Read more »