Janelle Monáe plans to give more than music back to Kansas City


Janelle Monae’s latest album, “Dirty Computer,” was released earlier this year. Her music, style, politics and revelations about her sexuality landed her on the covers of Rolling Stone and the New York Times Magazine. She’s also recently appeared in “Hidden Figures” and “Moonlight,” the 2016 film which won an Academy Award for Best Motion Picture.

“My upbringing, my community was all a huge inspiration for this album,” Monae said. “And growing up in a small town and having big ideas and being what one would call a weirdo or just having a different approach to the way that I saw music, art and performance, I did at times feel out of place but I think that I wasn’t alone in that endeavor and I think that there were more people in Kansas City, Kansas, who could relate to what it is in that song.” Check out the full story 

By Michelle Tyrene Johnson, KCUR

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