Janelle Monáe Speaks Out About Queer Illustration: ‘I’m Not Obligated to Share My Story’

Janelle Monáe spoke out about bucking expectations of being a queer icon in a brand new cowl story on Monday (Might 22).

“I’m not obligated to share my story,” the proudly non-binary artist informed Rolling Stone for the journal’s June 2023 difficulty. “No person’s obligated. However I do assume it’s highly effective for me to speak and provides a reputation to a few of these issues.”

Elsewhere within the interview, although, she cautioned in opposition to placing any musician or public determine on a pedestal. “You can’t challenge onto artists. You need to perceive that experiences will likely be had and other people will change and evolve and never be the individual you look as much as,” she mentioned. “As a lot as you like and care about me, I’m alone journey that has nothing to do with music, has nothing to do with artwork.”

Monáe is on the precipice of releasing her fourth album, The Age of Pleasure, which is due out June 9 through Atlantic Information. Pivoting from the futuristic narrative of her early releases resembling 2010’s The ArchAndroid and 2013’s The Electrical Woman, the forthcoming studio set is rooted within the sounds of the Black diaspora within the right here and now.

“It was impressed by all of my mates, my group of parents who’re from South Africa, Ghana, Nigeria, the Caribbean, Atlanta, L.A., Chicago,” the singer mentioned. “Seeing all of us collectively in our Blackness, within the love that we had in our eyes for one another. Individuals from the continent f–ok round with entice from Atlanta. You understand what I’m saying? I really like how the diaspora — we speak to one another.”

Take a look at Monáe’s Rolling Stone cowl beneath.


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