Singer Janelle Monae talks about her experiences as a pansexual, black woman and discusses her LGBT activism that she’s taken part in throughout her career.

In this animated interview, we hear her talking about how her fame has allowed her to avoid some of the discrimination that black people and LGBT people face everyday. Being in a position of privilege as an artist means that she thinks that it’s even more important to support these groups through her work.

Singer Janelle Monae Discusses Sexuality And Race With The New Yorker image of Janelle Monae

We learn about her working-class background and how she uses her platform as a way to improve the lives of everyday people. Some artists who come from poorer backgrounds sometimes forget where they came from and don’t give back to the communities that raised them, once they’re more well-off. But Janelle tells us how she believes that she is indebted to those communities, as they helped her to become the artist and the person that she is today. But it’s not just about those people. Through her music she encourages people to engage with others who are from different cultural and economic backgrounds.

Janelle Monae|The New Yorker|2D Animation

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