01.14.20
Jessica Helfand + Ellen McGirt | Audio

S7E12: Janelle Monáe


Janelle Monáe is a singer, songwriter, actor, and producer.

Monáe talked about her insistence on developing an independent career as a musician.
I didn't want to just sign directly to a music distribution company and get swallowed up. I was very afraid of that. And instead, I thought it was important to surround myself with artists that I respect, that I love, that challenged my ideas, that I could grow with, that they could grow with me. I want to create an arts collective and let's change the world like that. You know, the mainstream hasn't caught up to the things that we love. Let's just do it. And until, I kid you not, when we started thinking in that way, that's when Sean Puffy Combs would come down to Atlanta.
Jessica and Ellen talked to Monáe around the unveiling of A Beautiful Future, a series of short films by women directors she commissioned in partnership with Belvedere vodka.

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