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Janelle Monae Supports Black Gay Pride

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Last weekend, Janelle Monae made a surprise appearance at Atlanta's Black Gay Pride festival that draws African-American gays and lesbians from all over the country. At the opening ceremonies in Midtown's new W hotel, Monae pledged to be a strong ally for black gay men and lesbians, who she called "bold and fearless" for living their lives openly and honestly.

What I find so incredibly refreshing about Monae is that she not only defies musical barriers and industry expectations, but also pro-actively reaches across different groups and demographics to let her music speak to everyone.

Monae performed an acoustic version of the brilliant "Smile," an instant classic from her new EP that prominently displays her pitch-perfect vocals that invoke memories of Judy Garland and Dorothy Dandrich. The singer followed up with an acoustic rendition of "Sincerely, Jane" with the help of a drag queen on backing vocals. It's a must-watch.

Watch Janelle Monae "Smile" at Atlanta Black Gay Pride
Watch Janelle Monae "Sincerely, Jane" at Atlanta Black Gay Pride

September 7, 2008 in Janelle Monae | Permalink

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am so glad you love her as much as i/we all do down here. i got to put her on the cover of southeast performer last year and am so excited about all the attention she's getting.

Posted by: leila at Sep 8, 2008 4:14:11 PM