Last July, when I was still subscribed to Vogue I read about the artist, Janelle Monae. I love her. I think she’s awesome. And, now (I don’t know how I missed this!) I ran across her interviewed on NPR’s Fresh Air. Her album Metropolis is fantastic because it’s fun and energetic. It’s great for dancing. And, she is an amazing dancer (did i mention that already?!). OOO, and there’s an interview with her in Paper Magazine here. After reading this last interview, I want to be her friend.
Often, she’s compared to Outkast . . . well, Big Boi did lend a hand, her style has been compared to James Brown, her voice evokes Anita Baker; and with all those comparisons, it’s no wonder why she was nominated for a Grammy in 2008. She’s a smart lady because she released her record on her own label and she’s not marketing herself as another boring overly sexed object but as a profoundly imaginative, creative, quirky artist. She moonwalks in the video! Backwards, and forwards! Who knew?! I had forgotten that until I watched it again. But, that has even more significance now with the passing of our dear Michael Jackson. I also wonder how many will pick up on her homage to Bessie Coleman, the first female African American aviator! So, I look forward to watching her rise to stardom, step by step. But, more importantly, I hope she is embraced the public at large because she is expanding on the definition of what it means to be a Black woman. Thank You Miss Monae! You will hopefully save us all.
And what is with Black people and sci-fi? Watch out for that post later!