Janelle Monáe Is The Baddest Bitch On The Block With Dirty Computer

Janelle Monáe Is The Baddest Bitch On The Block With Dirty Computer

"Dirty computers should see their bugs and viruses as attributes, as features, as characteristics that help make society great and inclusive.”

Janelle Monáe is a creative genius known for her visually stunning music projects, raw lyrics, and political activism. This time she's released an "emotional picture" to go along with her new album, "Dirty Computer".

The Sci-Fi film stars Janelle as a computer hybrid who is battling life in a totalitarian future where a corrupt government is attempting to erase individuality, raising questions of humanity, acceptance, sexuality, life, freedom, and liberty.

“I wanted to make an album for all the dirty computers of the world,” she told BBC Radio host, Annie Mac. “Those who are told that they have bugs and viruses, that they need to fix themselves, that they need to clean themselves. Dirty computers (should) see their bugs and viruses as attributes, as features, as characteristics that help make society great and inclusive.”

Monáe has produced an album that celebrates originality, sexuality, and women while aggressively shining a light on the fraudulent political path we're headed down.

A message of unity, hope, and love is spread with her liberating music that drips with funky, psychedelic, soulful, futuristic tunes. Featuring an impressive line-up of collaborations with musical artists like Pharrell, Stevie Wonder, Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys, and Zoë Kravitz.

She gracefully spits rhymes that serve as an anthem for feminists of all kinds, declaring an acceptance of the LGBTQ community and black women with her dazzling visuals for a vision of Freedom.

The passion project even has an interactive website, http://jmonae.com/iamadirtycomputer/, that allows users to read into the insights of Janelle's inspiration for each song. Complete with little glitches to push the point of flaws being more widely accepted in society and paying tribute to her dystopian world she's created.

There's no mistaking the influence of Prince, Monáe's mentor. His Royal Badness even helped contribute the synth line in her single "Make Me Feel" that pays homage to the 80's. Janelle also channels an other-worldly, trippy electropop 80's vibe in “Crazy. Classic. Life.” with vibrant imagery inspired by Wakanda and mushrooms.

The poignancy of Monáe asserting her belief in escaping a repressive society and happily announcing her pride as a queer black woman is refreshing. She provides an unconditional approach to confronting issues like racism and sexism. People can relate to her futuristic perspective because it's centered around a future that mirrors issues that are already present.

The music and film to accompany are both urging people to embrace their true selves and get lost in dreamy vocals, feel-good guitar riffs, and savage rhymes.

She challenges gender roles in her 'pussy powered' single, "PYNK", showing an appreciation for sisterhood, all things pink, and femininity regardless of gender. She describes her inspiration for the song as “a color that unites us all, for pink is the color found in the deepest and darkest nooks and crannies of humans everywhere... PYNK is where the future is born.”

A spokesperson for believing in yourself and letting your freak flag fly, Janelle stands up to bullies in a bold way: by creating a masterpiece that you can't help but enjoy.

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A Letter To My Go-To Aunt

Happiness is having the best aunt in the world.

I know I don't say it enough, so let me start off by saying thank you.

You'll never understand how incredibly blessed I am to have you in my life. You'll also never understand how special you are to me and how much I love you.

I can't thank you enough for countless days and nights at your house venting, and never being too busy when I need you. Thank you for the shopping days and always helping me find the best deals on the cutest clothes. For all the appointments I didn't want to go to by myself. Thank you for making two prom days and a graduation party days I could never forget. Thank you for being overprotective when it comes to the men in my life.

Most importantly, thank you for being my support system throughout the numerous highs and lows my life has brought me. Thank you for being honest even when it isn't what I want to hear. Thank you for always keeping my feet on the ground and keeping me sane when I feel like freaking out. Thank you for always supporting whatever dream I choose to chase that day. Thank you for being a second mom. Thank you for bringing me into your family and treating me like one of your own, for making me feel special because you do not have an obligation to spend time with me.

You've been my hero and role model from the time you came into my life. You don't know how to say no when family comes to you for help. You're understanding, kind, fun, full of life and you have the biggest heart. However, you're honest and strong and sometimes a little intimidating. No matter what will always have a special place in my heart.

There is no possible way to ever thank you for every thing you have done for me and will continue to do for me. Thank you for being you.

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15 Thing Only Early 2000's Kids Will Understand

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This is it early 2000's babies, a compilation finally made for you. This list is loaded with things that will make you swoon with nostalgia.

1. Not being accepted by the late 90's kids.


Contrary to what one may think, late 90's and early 00's kids had the same childhood, but whenever a 00's kid says they remember something on an "only 90's kids will understand" post they are ridiculed.

2. Fortune tellers.


Every day in elementary school you would whip one of these bad boys out of your desk, and proceed to tell all of your classmates what lifestyle they were going to live and who they were going to marry.



You could never read this book past 8 o'clock at night out of fear that your beloved pet rabbit would come after you.

4. Silly bands.


You vividly remember begging your parents to buy you $10 worth of cheap rubber bands that vaguely resembles the shape of an everyday object.

5. Parachutes.


The joy and excitement that washed over you whenever you saw the gym teacher pull out the huge rainbow parachute. The adrenaline that pumped through your veins whenever your gym teacher tells you the pull the chute under you and sit to make a huge "fort".

6. Putty Erasers


You always bought one whenever there was a school store.

7. iPod shuffle.


The smallest, least technological iPpd apple has made, made you the coolest kid at the bus stop.

8. "Education Connection"

You knew EVERY wood to the "Education Connection" commercials. Every. Single.Word.

9. " The Naked Brothers Band"


The "Naked Brothers Band" had a short run on Nickelodeon and wrote some absolute bangers including, "Crazy Car' and "I Don't Wanna Go To School"

10. Dance Dance Revolution


This one video game caused so many sibling, friend, and parent rivalries. This is also where you learned all of your super sick dance moves.

11. Tamagotchi


Going to school with fear of your Tamagotchi dying while you were away was your biggest worry.

12. Gym Scooters


You, or somebody you know most likely broke or jammed their finger on one of these bad boys, but it was worth it.

13. Scholastic book fairs


Begging your parents for money to buy a new book, and then actually spending it on pens, pencils, erasers, and posters.



Who knew that putting yogurt in a plastic tube made it taste so much better?

15. Slap Bracelets


Your school probably banned these for being "too dangerous".

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