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Janelle Monáe’s Production Company Signs First-Look Deal With Universal Pictures

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Janelle Monáe is showing us that she can do it all and clearly shows no signs of slowing down. The Moonlight and Hidden Figures actress has signed a first-look production deal with Universal Pictures through her Wondaland Pictures production company. The announcement was made on Monday (Nov. 19).

According to Shadow and Act, Wondaland and Universal Pictures will develop content spanning various genres, amplifying marginalized voices and underrepresented perspectives.

“There is an exciting, artistic revolution taking place in our industry, and Janelle and the talented team at Wondaland are at the forefront,” says Donna Langley, chairman of Universal Pictures. “Their forward-thinking, inclusive approach to content and storytelling make them a perfect fit for our studio.”

A few of Monáe’s upcoming projects include Universal Pictures drama Welcome To Marwen, as well as the upcoming Harriet Tubman biopic Harriet and a live-action remake of the 1955 film Lady and The Tramp.

Is there anything Janelle Monáe can’t do?

Janelle Monáe Joins Disney’s Reboot of ‘Lady And The Tramp’

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Following the announcement that she would be joining the cast of the upcoming Harriet Tubman biopic, Janelle Monáe will also be lending her voice for Disney’s live-action reboot of the 1955 animated film, ‘Lady and the Tramp.’

The ‘Hidden Figures’ actress will be the voice of Peg, a friend of the main character, Lady. Lady will be played by Tessa Thompson and Justin Theroux will star as Tramp.

This Disney animated classic follows a pampered cocker spaniel named Lady whose comfortable life slips away once her owners have a baby. When, after some tense circumstances, Lady finds herself on the loose and out on the street, she is befriended and protected by the tough stray mutt Tramp. A romance begins to blossom between the two dogs, but their many differences, along with more drama at Lady’s household, threaten to keep them apart.

Other cast members include Kiersey Clemons, Thomas Mann, Benedict Wong, Ashley Jensen, and Yvette Nicole Brown.

Janelle Monáe Joins Cast of Upcoming Harriet Tubman Biopic

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Janelle Monáe has shown no signs of slowing down in Hollywood as the singer-songwriter and actress will join the cast of Harriet, a biopic that tells the story of Harriet Tubman’s journey from escaped slave to a conductor on the Underground Railroad, successfully leading dozens of slaves to freedom before the Civil War. She was also a nurse, a Union spy, and a women’s suffrage supporter. Tubman is one of the most recognized icons in American history and her legacy has inspired countless people from every race and background.

The Moonlight and Hidden Figures actress joins Hamilton actor Leslie Odom Jr., Joe Alwyn, Jennifer Nettles, Clarke Petersand and Tony Award-winner Cynthia Erivo, who is set to play Tubman.

It is unclear what role Janelle Monáe will play in the upcoming film or when we can expect its release. However, until then, Janelle can be seen in Robert Zemeckis’ Welcome to Marwen, which hits theaters Dec 21.

Janelle Monáe Talks Celebrating Diversity, Missy Elliott Helping Her Embrace Her Uniqueness, And More With ‘TimeOut’ Magazine

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Something I believe we can all agree on when it comes to Janelle Monáe is an undeniable love and respect for her authenticity and unapologetic personality — or should I say her free-ass–motherf*cker spirit as she calls it.

The singer-songwriter and actress recently sat down with TimeOut magazine to discuss everything from Prince’s influence over her music career, idolizing Missy Elliott, expressing herself through style, being a “queer black woman”, the responsibility she feels to make sure people who are like her feel seen, heard, and celebrated, her most recent album, Dirty Computer, and so much more.

Janelle Monáe on using style as a form of expression:

“I love the ’80’s,” she says. “It was a vibe. It wasn’t about name brands; it wasn’t about designers. Everything you had on was about how you wanted to express yourself. You didn’t let the trends speak over your art.”

Janelle Monáe on connecting with Prince and his free spirit:

“Prince has been an inspiration to me since I was a little girl,” said Janelle. “He did, in fact, scare me a lot. I think it was the fact that I had never seen a man express himself like Prince. You just got the sense that this is a free-ass motherfucker, you know? And it inspired my free-ass–motherfucker spirit. And then I got to form a great personal relationship with him. If anybody understood where I was trying to go musically and sonically, it was him. Whatever you needed, he would say, “I’m here.

Janelle Monáe on the narrative that drove her album, Dirty Computer:

“I think the narrative first comes from a young African-American woman living in America through my lens. You take off the makeup, the costumes, the artist—I am the daughter and descendant of working-class parents and grandparents. My grandmother picked cotton in Aberdeen, Mississippi. She helped build this country, and when I think about being a woman, being a minority and being a queer black woman, I think it makes me feel a deeper responsibility to make sure people who are like me feel seen, are heard and feel celebrated.”

Janelle Monáe on Missy Elliott helping her embrace her uniqueness:

“First of all, I grew up idolizing Missy Elliott. She is the master of visuals, so I would be honored to have her do anything [directing a video]. It’s been a long time coming,” she says.

“When I first started my career, I did a showcase here in New York City. I was so nervous. I didn’t look like any of the other artists who were performing that night. My music didn’t sound like them, and I was in this tuxedo and had natural hair. I wasn’t what you would call a “typical” R&B black female artist, and I was really having anxiety about it. I did my thing, and I remember seeing her in the audience. When I came offstage, she was one of the first people to greet me. She told me she loved my performance and thought I had something special. Just the affirmation I got from her right there helped me embrace the things that make me unique.”

For the full interview, visit TimeOut.com.

Janelle Monae Delivers Passionate Speech Declaring #TimesUp In The Music Industry

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Abusive and intimidating behavior in Hollywood has existed forever and now, will no longer be tolerated. Hollywood’s elite have banded together to form the #TimesUp movement, empowering victims to come come forward and providing resources for victims of sexual abuse on the job across many industries. While the focus has been on the world of acting, the music industry is also home to the same grotesque behavior. Janelle Monae, award winning singer and actor took to the Grammy stage to echo the message to the music industry that time is indeed up.

Many celebs wore white roses on the Grammy’s red carpet, indicating their support of the #TimesUp movement and Janelle Monae, no stranger to using her voice to speak for the greater good delivered a passionate speech to the world. Her speech took place before an emotional performance by Kesha, singing a ballad provoked by the pain from sexual abuse by her former producer.

“I am proud to stand in solidarity as not just an artist, but a young woman with my fellow sisters in this room who make up the music industry. We come in peace, but we mean business. And to those who would dare try and silence us, we offer you two words: Time’s up.” said Janelle Monae as the audience applauded in approval.

Janelle Monae made it clear that not only will sexual abuse no longer be tolerated but equal pay, gender discrimination and other inadequacies in Hollywood will soon be coming to an end.

““Just as we have the power to shape culture, we also have the power to undo the culture that does not serve us well. So let’s work together, women and men, as a united music industry committed to creating more safe work environments, equal pay, and access for all women.”




Janelle Monae Stars In Gap 2017 Holiday Campaign ‘Meet Me In The Gap’

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The multitalented actress and artist Janelle Monae the in popular retail store Gap’s 2017 holiday campaign.  Monae brings her signature black and white eclectic style to the Gap’s classic American aesthethic for a feel good holiday commercial.

Janelle Monae x The Gap

Janelle Monae notably prioritizes empowerment, diversity and inclusion a theme prevalent throughout the advert.  A large group of men, women and children of all walks of life,  performing a version of “You Got What I Need” by Freddie Scott.

The ‘Hidden Figures’ star genuinely supports the Gap beyond her latest holiday campaign. Back in 2008, Monae starred in Gap’s “Merry Mix It” campaign alongside Trey Songz and Flo Rida.  Before stardom, Janelle Monae grew up a fan of the brand.

Janelle Monae x Gap

“I remember wearing it all the time for years, I have a very organic relationship with Gap, so [the campaign] just felt right.” Monáe told Billboard Style.

Janelle Monae’s holiday installment comes after rapper Future and pop icon Cher teamed up for their “Meet Me In The Gap” commercial. Gap promises more to the campaign on November 1st. Take a look at Janelle Monae making music and magic below:



Janelle Monae Joins Cast of “Moonlight” For Big Screen Debut

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Janelle Monae is many things. She is a singer, a dancer, an activist and now an actress. The Electric Lady singer will be joining the cast of “Moonlight” for her big screen debut late next year.

The film is  financed by Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment company and A24 and is an adaptation of the play “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue” by Tarell McCraney.

While there is no word on what role Monae will play it is understood that “Moonlight” will examine the story of young man and his journey through the “war on drugs” era in Miami.

According to VIBE, Monae will also join Naomie Harris, Jake Gyllenhaal and 50 Cent on the big screen.

Janelle Monae Partners with #DontStealPossible to Bring Awareness to New York’s Education System

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In an effort to raise awareness to the issues plaguing New York City’s education system, Janelle Monae joined Families For Excellent Schools for a rally.

Janelle’s performance was part of the #DontStealPossible campaign organized by Families For Excellent Schools – an organization dedicated to ensuring all NYC children have great schools.

“It’s heartbreaking to know that there are 800,000 New York kids falling through the cracks every year,” Janelle shared. “I am honored to stand with families demanding an end to this crisis.”

The video above is a teaser for the campaign which encourages everyone #DontStealPossible. Janelle performed at a rally at the state capital building yesterday (March 4.)

Top of the Charts: Who’s Out and Who’s Up! MMG, Drake, Janelle, Justin and MORE!

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2013 has really been a great year for music so far, with the return of Justin Timberlake, new music from Jay-Z and Kanye, offerings from newcomers Big Sean and J. Cole, this summer was a hot one. We’ve also gotten new Juicy J and 2 Chainz, not to mention MMG, Pusha T, Justin TimberlakeDrake (his commercial release, shame if you got the leak) and many other artists who are waiting for their turn at bat.

At the top of September we watched Tamar Braxton and Ariana Grande battle it out for the top spot with Ariana’s Mariah Carey-esque vocals just beating out Tamar who actually outsold John Legend who she’s OPENING for on tour. Strange turn of events there but solid numbers AND albums by all of those listed. This week (tomorrow) we get to see how 2 Chainz and Janelle Monae’s albums do in their respective genre’s and overall; but we also get some new-new from Rozay and the Maybach Music Group and after “Levels” and “Poor Decisions” I can tell you we’re ALL ready!

And then to keep you on your toes Drake’s OFFICIAL release is next week followed closely by Justin Timberlake on the 27th. Be sure to check out our sister site KarenCivil.com within the next day or so for their Billboard Breakdown to get the final recap with numbers and chart positions and even more discussion about upcoming works. And as always….Live Civil!

Janelle Monae Covers Billboard Magazine! Speaks About Miguel & Prince On New Album

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Janelle Monae isn’t at all new to the music scene. Having made a big splash a few years back with cosigns from artists such as Diddy and Outkast, Janelle was in a position to really shake up the scene. The problem then, and why we think she was under appreciated is probably because people just weren’t equipped to receive the messages she was sending. All of that is changing.

Armed with the same, if not more potent, stances on politics and social climate, Janelle will undoubtedly benefit from a more conscious listener and appears to be focusing on this new album differently; operating on her own terms.  “We felt a shift in the world … a shift in our music and freedom, with life and politics and where we are as a society.” Offered Monae in her most recent interview with Billboard Magazine, which she’s also covering. “Every time is not always the right time for you to come out with something. You just get a feeling [when the time is right]. We call that listening to our ‘soul clock.’ As you can see, we got about 60 clocks up there [in the foyer] that we look at as inspiration. That tells us to listen to our soul clock, because we’re giving you 60 different times up there: You really have to go with your compass.”


Electric Lady is due in September of this year and features musics hit boy right now, Miguel. But from the land of myths and fairytales, Janelle was also able to pull out music icon Prince for a special feature on her album. “It’s not every day that he collaborates,” said Monae of The Artist. “I’m honored and humbled that he trusted me. He is forever my friend, and I am forever indebted. I can’t say too much else about it.”

Well if it’s anything like her collaboration with Erykah Badu we can’t wait to hear more. If YOU haven’t heard it then check it out below.

Janelle Monae and Erykah Badu Release Emotion Picture For “Q.U.E.E.N”

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You may remember a week or so back our post about Janelle Monae’s new collaboration with Erykah Badu on the track Q.U.E.E.N and if you haven’t feel free to familiarize yourself here!

That being said, we finally have a visual for the upbeat and socially conscious song, which Janelle refers to as an “Emotion Picture”. Check the vid below and notice how Janelle stayed true to her black and white “uniform” while giving us a little spice at the same time! WHat do you guys think?

Janelle Monae Joins Forces With Erykah Badu For New Track Q.U.E.E.N

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Our favorite uniformed, alternative artist Janelle Monae, is gearing up for the release of her third studio album, or “suite” as she calls them, and has teamed up with neo-soul veteran Erykah Badu, for the first offering from the project entitled Q.U.E.E.N.

The Covergirl and singer who performed at Coachella JUST YESTERDAY, is beginning promo for her newest album The Electric Lady and while we don’t have an official date for the release, we at least have a new single. Of the song, Janelle says that it’s iinspired about conversations that she’s had, and continues to have with Erykah, whom she says is like a big sister to her.

The song is very funky and fun, which we’ve come to expect from the two and is centered around commentary from fans and doubters alike. Check it out by following this link and let us know what you think!