Singer, Activist and the face of the Black Girl Magic movement Janelle Monae is fearless in Red as she posses for Bustle Magazine. Inside her feature, Janelle talks about her not so new album Dirty Computer and creating a space for others to be themselves and follow their dreams. Read all my favorite excerpts from her feature and see more amazing shots as you scroll.

Janelle Monáe carries herself like a person who lives by a stringent personal code. She is careful and considered and clearly holds professionalism as a virtue. Historically, this has played as Monáe being in tight control of herself and her image. Her early career was built on a persona, with the young singer identifying herself as the android Cindi Mayweather, here from the year 2719 on a mission.

Her latest album, Dirty Computer, is still as conceptual as ever, but the crucial difference is that Monáe is beckoning her listeners in, eager to make clear her motivations, releasing videos ripe with can’t-miss references and AfroFuturistic imagery. The ideologies she refutes implicitly and explicitly in songs like “Django Jane” and the album’s closer, “Americans,” — “Try my luck, stand my ground / Die in church, live in jail / Say her name, twice in hell” — underscore that Dirty Computer is being issued from the very grimpossible America of now. “The pastor speaking on the album goes, ‘This is not my America / Until same gender loving people can be who they are / This is not my America / Until black people can come home from a police stop / Without being shot in the head,’” Monáe explains. “What I’m getting at is all of the groups, all of us can really win when we take that stance, that we’re going to protect each other. That’s the way that I’m trying to live. I’m walking in that even more because I see value in it.”

Read the full Article here on Bustle 

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