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theguardian.com
Janelle Monáe: ‘I am the whole package’
She’s a musician whose work has brought her massive acclaim. She’s also an outspoken activist in the Black Lives Matter movement, and now Janelle Monáe is in Moonlight, one of the most talked about films of the year
By Shahesta Shaitly

“She then moved to Atlanta, Georgia, after she finished her studies. She’d update her MySpace profile while working at Office Depot to make ends meet, and came to the attention of fellow Atlantan Big Boi of Outkast. They became collaborators and, in 2006, he introduced her to Sean “Diddy” Combs, who offered her a recording contract. Monáe was initially wary of signing her creative control away, but took the chance and it paid off. “Diddy was hands off and wanted me to do my thing. That’s why he’d offered to sign me in the first place, because I was different and I was the whole package.” 

Monáe has led marches for Black Lives Matter, performed at a concert in aid of the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, alongside Stevie Wonder last year, and released a protest song, “Hell You Talmbout”, in October in response to the police brutality. Unsurprisingly, she is no fan of Donald Trump. “Millennials will not be silenced – we’re the powerhouse now. We’re not going to let those who want to ‘make America great again’ truly take over. Because what Trump means by ‘making America great again’ is oppressing women, oppressing minorities, creating hate. We’re not allowing him to run the world, even though he thinks he is.”

Read the full interview here

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