The US artist Janelle Monae sees himself as storyteller: narrative of hatred and intolerance she oppose their own the – whether as a singer, actress, activist or Androidin Cindi Mayweather.
One is called Electric Lady – by Janelle Monas of songs and Yes, this woman is indeed electrifying: Monae is not only singer and songwriter, but also head their own music label Wondaland records of actress. A lot of descriptions, which still does not adequately can express who she really is this multi talent. Because actually, Monae is primarily an advocate the underdog * inside, the people who are somehow different or are done differently.
Such as Cindi Mayweather, Monas Alter Ego: the Androidin is a messianic figure for the Android community in the futuristic city of Metropolis and is the focus of Monas concept album the ArchAndroid (2010) and The Electric Lady (2013). Unlike in the classic silent film Metropolis is not the Antagonistin the Androidin here, she’s the heroine. Cindi fights against unequal power relations, against the oppression of the Android * inside. The music is even cinematic pompous and orchestral, even funky time reminds them of sixties pop, time is jazzy. But always there is Monas clear voice that reminds some currently on Beyonce, and expresses the rebellious Androidin Cindi. Monae itself says: “Android is a new form of the other, but you can parallel the other to so many different types of people. Even if you don’t consider yourself to be the other, at one point in time I’m sure you felt like that.”
Androidin as activist
Monae uses the persona Cindi Mayweather and the struggle for freedom of Android * indoor as a metaphor for social movements – in particular, to draw attention to the concerns of African Americans * inside. Because like Cindi also Janelle is an activist advocating passionately for their beliefs. So is Monáe active part of Black lives matter movement, was campaigning for Barack Obama and with Missy Elliott and other singers took the song this is for my girls for Michelle Obamas Let girls learn campaign on. At this year’s Golden Globes turned everything to Meryl Streeps speech – at least as much attention but Janelle Monas deserved speech. As she plays with the team by Moonlight – Monae in the film the girlfriend of a crack dealer – stood on the stage, found words moving the actress to the controversy surrounding the Gospel singer Kim Burrell’s homophobic comments:
“I’m a love.” At the end of the day, no matter where you come from, and who you love, you deserve to have a right to the American dream – and to have your story told. (…) “I just think that anybody who is representing hate is a part of the problem and I hope we can learn from each other, be more empathetic of one to the other, and I hope that we can all remember that at the end of the day, we all bleed the same color.”
flaming plea for tolerance
Monae itself ensures that the stories be heard by people who too often no vote is cast in mainstream culture: In the surprise hit hidden figures she represents a Henson and Octavia Spencer next to Taraji P. by three African-American mathematicians, which in the 1960s on the NASA space program work – and so decisively contribute to that in 1962 the first US Astronaut can circle the Earth. In performances and interviews, you realize how important Janelle Monáe is the subject of gender equality, especially when it comes to women and minorities. No wonder, then, that the artist also at the now legendary women’s on Washington March was on 21 January 2017 here. “Hello, future”, she welcomed the crowd, then keep a flaming plea for tolerance and respect:
“I want to say to the LGBTQ community, to my fellow brothers and sisters, to immigrants, my fellow brothers and sisters, to women: continue to embrace the things that make you unique, even if it makes others Fahad.” You are enough. “And whenever you feel in doubt, whenever you want to give up, you always must remember to pick freedom over fear.”
“I’m a storyteller”
might also Cindi Mayweather, who here speaks – the Androidin but seems to have a lot of Janelle Monae itself anyway. Or maybe vice versa? Monae told the guardian in a recent interview: “I’m a storyteller who wants to tell untold, meaningful, universal stories in unforgettable ways. “I want to do it all, study it all and find my place in it.” Whether musical, cinematic or rhetorically: this electrifying lady has to tell many stories – that’s it! As hopeful, positive narrative will have, need the United States, but not only those in the coming four years.