Blavity Exclusive: Janelle Monae on 'Hidden Figures' and black women as superheroes

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| November 23 2016,

4:40 pm


Four years ago, I remember my first time watching Janelle Monae perform live at an event during the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte. In June of this year, I watched her rehearse the morning of the BET Awards ahead of her spectacular Prince tribute and just like four years prior, she poured her heart onto the stage. Janelle's eleclectic style and vibrance is practically impossible to ignore. Audiences have watched her soar to great heights over the years through music and artistry. Yet, we've only experienced a fraction of what she has to offer.

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On her exciting journey as an artist:



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On what drew her to Moonlight:



On her passion for both film and music:



On her future journey in film:






Photo: Hidden Figures / 20th Century Fox
Photo: Hidden Figures / 20th Century Fox


On her portrayal of Jackson in Hidden Figures:



On the impact of the film for audiences, including young women of color:

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Photo: Hidden Figures / 20th Century Fox
Photo: Hidden Figures / 20th Century Fox


On the message brought by Jackson's character :



Janelle's final thoughts: :



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