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Janelle Monáe & Taraji P. Henson To Star In Film About Black Women In NASA
The film, scheduled for release in 2017, also stars Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Kevin Costner.

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.

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Janelle Monáe - Q.U.E.E.N. feat. Erykah Badu

“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.’’

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Michelle Obama Enlists Missy Elliott, Janelle Monáe, Zendaya for New Song ‘This Is for My Girls’
Michelle Obama enlisted some heavy hitters in a new uplifting anthem dedicated to young women around the world. “This Is for My Girls” features Zendaya, Missy Elliott, Kelly Rowland, Lea Michele, Kelly Clarkson, Janelle Monáe, Jadagrace and Chloe & Halle. The song is part of the first lady’s call to action and supports both the Let...

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.

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Listen: Janelle Monáe’s new protest anthem invokes black victims of police brutality
"We recorded it to challenge the indifference, disregard, and negligence of all who remain quiet about this issue.”
By Jake Flanagin

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.