Blackness, history & love · Gender · GSRM/LGBTQIA · Performance & Arts

Q.U.E.E.N, A Feminist Anthem?

Future superstar

Media Diversified

by Shane Thomas

I first heard of Monae when she guested on the Outkast song, “Call the Law”, from their most recent (and probably final) album, Idlewild. It was a track that I enjoyed, and put Monae in that radar of pop-culture trivia knowledge that might one day come in useful at a pub quiz.

However, the 2011 Glastonbury Festival took her out of that somewhat disrespectful place in my consciousness. For those not in the know, Glastonbury is Britain’s highest profile music festival, and one of the BBC’s main televisual events of the year. Their scope is fairly comprehensive, with a substantive amount of coverage from the three primary stages of the event.

At this time, Janelle had not long released her debut album, The ArchAndroid. And at the aforementioned Glastonbury Festival, she showcased the album. The timeslot and stage she was given was not high-profile…

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