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Janelle Monáe and the Art of Putting Queer Black Womanhood to Music

How she gets it right when so many others fall short

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If I can be honest, I’m not big on music videos these days and haven’t been for a long time.

I see two women flicking their tongues at each other, eyes turned towards the camera — a proxy for a presumably male viewer — rubbing each…




BLK INK focuses on the relationship of BIPOC with various forms of media, especially the written word.

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