Carefree Black Girl of the Day: Janelle Monáe
It’s hard not to admire her quirky inspirational style and outstanding musical talent. Janelle Monáe is one of the top R&B and Soul producers, musicians, and composers in the game today.
"I want to redefine beauty and goals for young women. It’s about breaking down stereotypes, fighting against oppression, trying to save the world."
In 2001, Monáe and Outkast rapper Big Boi founded the Wondaland Arts Society in Atlanta, Georgia.
Janelle Monáe has received several award nominations and wins for her music. Her debut album, released in 2010, The ArchAndroid, was nominated for Best Contemporary R&B Album at the 53rd Grammy Awards. The song “Tightrope” featuring Big Boi, was also nominated for Best Urban/Alternative Performance. Since then she has received six Grammy nominations. She has also won the 2012 Black Girls Rock’s Young, Black, & Gifted award, Essence Magazine’s Black Women in Music award in 2011, and the 2014 NAACP Image Outstanding Music Video award for her single “Q.U.E.E.N.” feat. Erykah Badu.
In August 2012, Monáe was chosen as the newest addition to the CoverGirl spokeswomen lineup.
Since her start, she has worked with several artists including Estelle, Erykah Badu, Prince, Esperanza Spalding, Solange, Miguel, Big Boi, FUN., and many more. She continues to create a carefree creative space for black girls to express and love themselves unconditionally.
"I feel like I do have a responsibility to the community. The music that I create is to help free their minds and whenever they feel oppressed, to keep them uplifted."
And remember that, black is beautiful!
is this an anthem for carefree black girls
Janelle Monáe - Electric Lady
Angels be like :)
~ S I S T E R S ~ | -So Cute-
Keke Palmer “Dance Alone” appreciation
I’m here for black girls
Who keep their baby hair laid & rock forces with velour suits
Who worship Badu and grow their own herbs
Who get their hair pressed & keep their nails fly
Who dress “alternative” & are obsessed with Daria
Who make twerk videos in public with their friends
Who don’t fit into any of these labels, or maybe into all of them.
I’m here for black girls living freely & doing whatever they please because that shit makes them happy. That’s a REAL carefree black girl, & I’m here for you.
There’s a constant battle within me between being
the carefree black girl:
the “sassy” black girl:
and the au naturale black hipster girl:
Carefree Black Girl Summer Playlist
Carefree and aspiring carefree Black Girls who need something to bob their heads to this summer!
i. i’m still fly-chrisette michelle| ii. schoolin’ life-beyoncé| iii. do my thing-estelle ft janelle monae| iv. sandcastle disco-solange| v.mind the gap-nabhia| vi. grown woman-beyonce| vii. that’s alright-laura mvula| viii. dance apocalyptic-janelle monae| ix. all about the bass-meghan trainor| x. wild young hearts-noisettes| xi. switch!-jazmine sullivan| xii. oh what a night-elle varner| xiii. ten inch stilettos-chrisette michelle| xiv. cosmic journey-Solange| xv. no going back-rox| xvi. don’t give up-noisettes
new life goal: achieve carefree black girl status.