Janelle Monáe has been a vocal supporter of the #BlackLivesMatter movement, joining forces with local activists, pushing for change with her powerful lyrics and even delivering an impromptu speech about the platform’s issue on NBC’s “Today” show (even if it was cut short).
“I live in Atlanta, so I have lil turnup sessions with my friends where I would go turn on a lil rap music and just go crazy. We have fun. But I also do yoga, I allow myself to get frustrated for like 3 minutes and I’m like, ’‘Ok, Janelle… You got 3 minutes. Get it together.” I have to talk to myself. But when I’m too stressed I’m like, “I need to take a break. I just need to take a break, go call your grandmother, go call home." because your tribe, they take you back. They remind you of how blessed you are and the struggle they went through so that you can make it to where you are today.” - Janelle Monae
The new movie, called Hidden Figures, has just released its first trailer. Janelle Monae, Taraji P. Henson and Octavia Spencer star in a movie about how we sent a man to the moon– using the brain power of Black women.