The “Electric Lady” Janelle Monáe will be starring alongside Empire’s Taraji P. Henson and Oscar winner Octavia Spencer in the Ted Melfi-directed film, Hidden Figures. The film, scheduled for release in 2017, is based on an upcoming book written by Margot Lee Shetterly about African American women who helped launch America into space.
“I wanted to create something for people who feel like they want to give up because they’re not accepted by society.
‘Q.U.E.E.N.’ definitely is an acronym. Monae explains during an interview at Fuse HQ. It’s for those who are marginalized. She says the "Q” represents the queer community, the “U” for the untouchables, the “E” for emigrants, the second “E” for the excommunicated and the “N” for those labeled as negroid.’’
Janelle Monae in a quiet moment. She is such a firecracker. She can captivate the crowd with one note! Her new song with Duran Duran is awesome. #powerhouse #classicbeauty #soundcheck #foldfestival #foldfest #janellemonae #naturalhair @janellemonae (at Martha Clara Vineyard, Riverhead NY)
Michelle Obama put together a team of artists to work on an uplifting anthem which supports her Let Girls Learn Initiative and her #62MillionGirls Campaign. She dedicates this song to all the young women around the world.
Janelle Monáe gathered her team at Wondaland Records to remix “Hell You Talmbout,” off her 2013 sophomore album, The Electric Lady. This version, which premiered on Soundcloud on Aug. 13, proceeds through a roll-call of African Americans who have lost their lives at the hands of law enforcement officers in the last year and beyond, stretching back to the Feb. 1999 shooting of Amadou Diallo in New York.