“I believe it’s time that women truly owned their superpowers and used their beauty and strength to change the world around them.”

Janelle Monáe is a woman who has many passions in which she excels. She is a singer, songwriter, music producer,  and actress and she has been nominated for and won multiple awards for all of these jobs. Monaé offers a unique life, with her having experienced life as an African American, an LGBTQ individual, and a woman trying to succeed. Despite having struggled with racism, sexism, and struggles with her own sexuality, Monáe has been able to become a very successful person, making her an inspiration to those who feel the drive to challenge oppression.

Nationality: American

Industry: Entertainment

Q: Why did you decide to add “Django Jane” and “Make Me Feel” at the same time? What was it about those two records running parallel with each other? (In reference to songs from her album, Dirty Computer)

A: “I think that it was important to discuss, one, the response to the sting that my rights as a young black woman in America…are constantly being trampled on. It was important for me to record this song to remind women of how we were as a matriarchal society, before patriarchy existed, before it (patriarchy) came and got fearful of the power women conjured when they got together. “Django Jane” is really about standing firm in my beliefs as a woman, standing up for women, supporting women, and celebrating women. I thought that this was important for people to understand that this is the lens this album (Dirty Computer) will be coming from.”