Janelle Monáe; The Ultimate Space Maker

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Nina Kay

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Dr. Kendra Parker

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In 2015 Viola Davis became the first Black woman to ever win an Emmy for best actress in a drama. In her acceptance speech she said, “The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity. You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there” (Davis). R&B singer and record label owner Janelle Monáe is dedicating her career to creating roles for women in all areas of the music industry. Looking through a Black feminist lens I will examine Monáe’s life works, whether they be her works as an artist or her works as a businesswoman. It is my argument that through her ability to create space and opportunity for Black women in the music industry, Janelle Monáe is a prime example of modern day Black feminism. Given that so much of Monáe’s artistic works fit into the genre of Afrofuturism my findings will be presented not in the form of a paper or a poster, but through a completely modern, interactive website. Presenting my findings in such a manner creates more of an experience for those who view it while giving a nod to the artistic aesthetic Monáe herself employs.

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