By Dione M. Davis
The universe has to recognize you as a bad-mamma-jamma when Prince is a fan of your work and takes the time to give you shout outs during his test tweet session after joining Twitter as the Purple King did few weeks ago. Janelle Monae is the BMJ I’m talking about, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s got Janelle on speed dial, especially since he will be featured on her sophomore album The Electric Lady which drops September 10th. There’s something divinely special about the ultra talent who is unique in every way possible.
The pint-sized sassy singer owns the cover of Bust, wearing a black and white checkered blazer, white shirt and black tie with a look that is masculine-ly cute in a sexy, trendsetting boyish way. She gives just enough information to keep you coming back for more in the interestingly quirky interview. She shares that she’s a feminist that her new album speaks to “a new breed of woman” and reflects on her four visits to the White House including playing at the inauguration this year and her rapport with the Obama family.
She made very poignant statements about her stance on the public’s perception in terms of her style and clothing:
You don’t have to be a gay woman to wear a tuxedo or a straight woman to wear a tuxedo. I do not identify armor as menswear or womenswear. If I did, I would be encouraging the acceptance of marginalization and stereotypes in our community.
However you slice it, Janelle is a phenomenon. With her ever-so-perfect signature pompadour, tuxedo jackets and oxfords, she has managed to capture us through song, dance and as the face of CoverGirl.
CeeLo of Goodie Mob complimented Janelle on her collaboration with the group on their first single, Special Education from their current album Age Against The Machine during their listening party last week:
I believe that Janelle Monae was perfect for the song because she knows a great deal about being very special and very unique and she makes the sacrifices in doing so and everybody does not appreciate what she has to offer but she’s extremely talented and she’s extended Dungeon Family and so therefore it made all the perfect sense.
Janelle Monae will be performing at the Tabernacle in Atlanta November 26th. Check out the video for her first single, Q.U.E.E.N featuring Erykah Badu and her feature on Special Education.