Janelle Monae

“Embrace the things that make you unique,
even if it makes others uncomfortable.

  • Name: Janelle Monae
  • Born: December 1, 1985
  • From: Kansas City, Kansas
  • Pronouns: She/her
  • Occupation: Singer, Artist, Actress, Activist
  • Contribution/Impact: Janelle Monae is a successful musical artist, actress, and activist. She has expressed support for the LGBTQ+ Community and identifies as bisexual and pansexual.
  • Known For: Hidden Figures (2016 film), Moonlight (2016 film), “Q.U.E.E.N.” (2013), “Tightrope” (2010), “Make Me Feel” (2018), “I Like That” (2018)
  • Awards: MTV Video Music Award for Best Art Direction for “Q.U.E.E.N.” (2013), GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Music Artist for “Dirty Computer” (2019)

Janelle Monae has a rather large family, and they all knew that she was going to be famous. As a youth, Monae would perform in plays and talent shows and blow the competition out of the water. She went on to work with musical powerhouses like Prince and Stevie Wonder and even broke into acting appearing in films such as Hidden Figures and Moonlight too much acclaim 


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