Must watch: Janelle Monáe’s super sexy, unapologetically queer new music video
Make Me Feel is making us feel fantastic
Janelle Monáe: Make Me Feel
Grammy nominated singer-songwriter/performer/producer/actress/activist/wonder-woman Janelle Monáe has just dropped two incredible new music videos and oh-my-god-you-need-to-watch-them-immediately.
The first, for electro-pop tune Make Me Feel, is crazy sexy cool AND, even more excitingly, unapologetically queer.
Janelle told The Guardian:
“It’s a celebratory song. I hope that comes across. That people feel more free, no matter where they are in their lives, that they feel celebrated. Because I’m about women’s empowerment. I’m about agency. I’m about being in control of your narrative and your body. That was personal for me to even talk about: to let people know you don’t own or control me and you will not use my image to defame or denounce other women.”
In the sublime vid Janelle, who describes herself as “sexually liberated”, flirts and gyrates with a gorgeous girl and a handsome fella. She also dances in and out of a row of lady legs. It's giving us Prince influences + San Junipero vibes + exactly what we need right now.
This four minute masterpiece is a whole lot of fun, for us, Janelle and her co-stars, who include actress Tessa Thompson. The internet is currently losing its collective mind, shipping Janessa in a big way. You’ve got to admit, they do make an adorable couple.
janelle monae and tessa thompson coming out with their relationship in music video form is the best thing to happen in 2018 so far.... the gays are so Extra™ and powerful we grow stronger every day we are undefeatable pic.twitter.com/8NKFNdKJ28— gabi, a shuri fan acc (@harleivy) February 22, 2018
tessa thompson and janelle monae lesbianing in neon lighting (20gayteen) pic.twitter.com/UqzNQPlDhZ— saddy the raging dykon (@lesbihayley) February 22, 2018
OKAY BUT IF JANELLE MONAE AND TESSA THOMPSON ARE ACTUALLY DATING THAT CHANGES EVERYTHING BECAUSE IT MEANS WE HAVE ACTUAL PROOF THAT PERFECTION AND LOVE DO EXIST pic.twitter.com/L0h9ZwqNTd— Mackenzi Lee (@themackenzilee) February 22, 2018
The second musical offering from the mighty Janelle is Django Jane, a powerful womanifesto celebrating the strength of women, black culture and marginalised people. We are so here for lyrics like, “Remember when they used to say I looked too mannish” and “Let the vagina have a monologue”.
Janelle explained the motivation behind this track, describing it as:
“A response to me feeling the sting of the threats being made to my rights as a woman, as a black woman, as a sexually liberated woman, even just as a daughter with parents who have been oppressed for many decades. Black women and those who have been the ‘other’, and the marginalised in society – that’s who I wanted to support, and that was more important than my discomfort about speaking out.”
There’s no doubt Janelle’s a true visionary artist. She’s also a phenomenal entertainer. We are now officially on tenterhooks for the rest of her upcoming album project, Dirty Computer.
Dirty Computer, which includes a music album and an accompanying narrative film, the Emotion Picture, is out 27 April. You can pre-order it here.
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