5 Times Janelle Monáe’s Visuals Showed Black Girl Magic

Still from Janelle Monáe’s “Make Me Feel” music video directed by Alan Ferguson

From the moment we were introduced to the differential styles of singer/songwriter and a woman of many other talents, Janelle Monáe, it was almost guaranteed that her spot in the music industry would be one of the positions that changed it.

Her career kicked off between unofficial studio albums and conceptual EP’s, to critically acclaimed bodies of work in her studio albums, and let’s not forget to mention making a statement in consistent black and white attire. Monáe has given us more than music, and centrally the opportunity to see our greatness and beauty, as black woman, warriors and queens.

Her fourth studio album “Dirty Computer,” is set for release on the 27th, making it five years since we’ve gotten a complete project from the unique musician. But we’ve already been teased and fired up from the first two singles off of the project, “Make Me Feel,” and “Django Jane,” which were followed by two visually stunning music videos.

But this isn’t the first few times Monáe has given us superior scene effects and a colorful collection of backgrounds, or wardrobe choice in her videos; there’s been many other times as well.

Which is why we’re recapping that incomparable videography and talent right here.

“Tightrope” Directed by: Wendy Morgan

 

A time during the early era of her career, when we saw the soul songstress display her undeniable talent and ability to carry her presence through the simplicity, but complex nature of coordination in her videos.

Monáe showed us she was quick on her feet with fancy footwork, and how to make the most of a insane asylum with a funky and catchy tune.

“Dance Apocalyptic” Directed by: Wendy Morgan

 

Definitely got some Outkast “Hey Ya,” vibes with this one.

Monáe brought her usual funkadelic sounds, and high energy presence to a crowd with just as much enthusiasm as her.

One thing you can always expect from Janelle Monáe, is a good time, and an even greater show, with a memorable ending; this video proved just that.

“Electric Lady” Directed by: Alan Ferguson

 

As the final single for her fourth studio album that shares the same name, “Electric Lady,” Monáe channeled college days, and inspiration from the divine nine, with this HBCU themed anthem of what it is to be an electric woman.

Cameos from R&B elites Monica, T-Boz and more empowering women of the girl gang, added to the Atlanta 70s themed soiree, choreographed by Fatima Robinson and ATL’s very own, Shawn Bankhead.

“Yoga” Directed by: Dave Meyers

 

This bold, sexy and destined to make you move record, had a video that fit the exact description, as Monáe levitated (literally) the meaning of “yoga,” with a beautifully diverse group of carefree friends.

The majestic braid and crown was a clear symbolization of Monáe’s queen-like persona, and how she can never go wrong with a look, nor a final product of videography.

“Make Me Feel” Directed By: Alan Ferguson 

 

Name a better visual and defining comeback? I’ll wait…

Monáe sealed the deal and enhanced our excitement for her upcoming project, with “Make Me Feel,” a colorful and embracing anthem toward the expression of sexuality, inspiring presented in the stylings of Prince and Sheila E.

With actress Tessa Mae Thompson by her side, a countless number of 80s meet retro 2000s looks, and of course that simple but smooth choreography, Monáe definitely brought the hype and a memorable, visual gem.

Diamond Jones

Jr. Editor Lifestlye/Entertainment Department

Diamond Jones, 21, is a St.Louis native, born on the west side of Detroit. She is currently a junior, studying Journalism, with a minor in Criminology and Criminal Justice. Her writing reaches to audiences everywhere, directing it toward the empowerement and excellence of black people and their accomplishments. She has written for The Daily Egyptian, LoveThisTrackTV, Georgia State’s The Signal and the National Association of Black Journalists, which she is a dedicated member of. She hopes to continue to inspire those through her words and make those who feel underrepresented, see their light.