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The 2020 Oscars Couldn't Handle Visionary Artist Janelle Monae

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By Aja

Artists like Janelle Monae are hard to come by in today's music industry. She is a multi-talented musician who can just about out-perform anyone. Her smooth moon walks, stylish outfits, outlandish hair styles and R&B, futuristic sounds make her unbeatable. Monae is also a political activist. When taking the stage at the 92nd Academy Awards, the singer called attention to the committee's ignorance toward racial and gender inequality. The 2020 Oscars don't deserve someone as talented and diverse as Janelle Monae.

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Monae Reprimanded The Oscars For Being Ignorant

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Monae's decision to call out the Academy Awards was just, as it addressed long-time issues with its reluctance to promote inclusiveness. Monae's exuberant performance paid tribute to films like Dolemite Is My Name that weren't selected for nomination by the Oscars. Additionally, the Academy found themselves in hot water once again for failing to nominate a female director and only one black actress in a single category. Monae put the Academy on the spot, revealing the dark side of the entertainment business.

Monae Is A Forward Thinker And Believes In Afrofuturism

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Perhaps Monae's best talent is her ability to implement the sci-fi genre into her songs. The That's Just The Way You Make Me Feel singer revealed she'd rather date a cyborg than an actual human being. Monae's Dirty Computer album specifically follows a sci-fi dystopian narrative that shifts into a story about self-acceptance of her African heritage and sexuality. She believes cyborgs share similarities with queer people and black woman who are largely marginalized by society. The complexity and visionary work of Monae's albums isn't something that should be used as ploy on a failing awards show. It deserves respect and recognition.

New Horror Movie Antebellum Is Different

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Monae has single-handedly dominated the world of music with her innovative ideas and neo-soul beats. Additionally, she's quickly gaining a rep sheet as a great actress as well. She recently played a supporting role the 2019 film Harriet alongside Oscar-nominated Cynthia Erivo. Now the singer and rising actress will finally take the lead role as Veronica Monae in the Southern Gothic, horror film Antebellum which hits theaters April 24, 2020. The film is said to follow in the same vein as Jordan Peele's US and Get Out. Given the trailer, Monae's new movie looks like a real thriller. The singer has so many talents that most awards shows can hardly compete with her.

Only Fit For A Queen

Janelle Monae walking the 2020 Oscars red carpet in a Ralph Lauren gown
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Janelle Monae has it all. She can dance, sing, act and even dress in red-carpet-worthy ensembles. At the 2020 Oscars this past weekend, the Dirty Computer singer not only gave a powerful performance but also slayed the red carpet with her crystal gown. Apparently, the Ralph Lauren dress was constructed with over 168,000 Swaroviski crystals and took 600 hours to make! Monae definitely wanted to make a statement with the gorgeous gown. Sorry Academy, looks like Janelle Monae stole the show.

She Is An Unapologetic Artist

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When it comes to expressing art, Janelle Monae doesn't take producing music lightly. The Electric Lady singer is known for making a political statement in every track she produces. In 2015, she released the single Hell You Talmbout in response to police brutality. The lyrics demanded that people acknowledge the black men and women who faced unjust prosecution by the police. Then at the 2018 Grammys, Monae addressed the injustices done to black persons and called for a time of change. If the Oscars wanted a performer and not a political activists, they should've called someone else.

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