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Janelle Monáe for Harpers Bazaar


Artist Janelle Monae sat down with Harpers Bazaar to discuss fiction book titled the Memory Librarian: And Other Stories of Dirty Computer. The book will touch on the Totalitarian system that could be implemented in the near future and the nefariousness behind these notions. She also speaks about being black in a system that probably wasn’t created to cater to the needs of its black constituents. The book makes for quite an interesting read if you love diving into the Orwelling world so to speak. Here are some exerts from that article and what Monáe has to say about being Black in the future from her perspective. The book is now available to purchase on Amazon for $11.29 in the Kindle format.

Now that you said that, I was happy we had that conversation. I’m around a lot of Black men, and I’ve been very blessed to be around some of the smartest and most evolved feminist Black men who are fighting for the same things that I have been fighting for and for the same people I have been fighting for. And I think that therapy is a big part of undoing the traumas, undoing the toxic masculinity, and just becoming a portal for healing. So whenever I can talk to anybody—especially at that time in my life, I think I had just really been into therapy myself, I was like, Hey, let’s all get healthy, let’s all get free, you know. The same conversation I was having with them, I was having with people I love. -Janelle Monáe

In order for Black and Brown folks to speak about the future, you got to know where we are in the world. You got to know where we were in the past. And the past can piss you off, can make you mad. You can get stuck there. You can become angry; you can become like a stone. When I think about Afrofuturism, it’s more like water, it’s more about us dreaming up who we are in the future, how we see ourselves, defined by ourselves. If we want to write about us in totalitarian societies, how do we prevail? How are we thriving? It’s us defining us on our own terms. Janelle Monáe

I love that. Wow. First of all, I’m a huge fan of N.K. Jemisin. So to be able to have her mention my name, yeah, let’s do Monáeism! I will say that when I have something to say, I say it. I’m not afraid to piss off white supremacists, I don’t give fuck about that, but I also love living life. I love joy. I love being in love. I love partying. I love being able to have the freedom to play games with my friends: I have game night, murder-mystery parties. I love talking about sci-fi. I love going to strip clubs. I love just living my life. And I think that’s ultimately what white supremacy does: It stops you from living your life because you put your attention on fighting and fighting against them. It becomes about them. -Janelle Monáe

I encourage people now to stand up and speak up when you have something to say or when you feel like something is wrong. But just as much as you are putting your energy in all that, please put your energy into being present. Please put your energy into celebrating life and making memories—making the best memories that you possibly can, because we know that our memories determine the qualities of our lives. -Janelle Monáe

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