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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

Image courtesy of Andy Witchger on Wikimedia Commons

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…

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

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