janelle monáe talks prince, black panther & time’s up

Mar 20, 2018 19:55

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Janelle Monáe talks to Annie Mac about Prince, Black Panther, Time’s Up and about whether she’d consider going into politics.

Living over in America and feeling like the people I love were pushed to the margins of society by the leader of the free world and that regime.

You do have to stand up for those who can't often stand up for themselves - so I do feel a responsibility to knock the hell out of the bully.

Her new album's first single, Django Jane, is a bold, street-smart banger packed with political and feminist discourse.

"They been trying hard just to make us all vanish," she raps at one point. "I suggest they put a flag on a whole 'nother planet".

I'm angry at many of the things that I hear coming out of the mouths of people in the position of power, I'm tired of the abuse of power. I'm tired of so many things. [...] But at the end of the day, I do believe that we are on a shift change. Women are uniting, we're realising we're stronger together, we're more powerful together, that we really can get [things] done when we are aligned - and so Django Jane was important to say that.


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