Today Show Cut Off Janelle Monae While She Was Speaking About Police Brutality 

During a Friday performance on the Today show, Janelle Monae was cut off as she was speaking about the Black Lives Matter movement. At the end of her performance of “Hell You Talmbou” — a protest song dedicated to the movement — Monae began to speak about police brutality: “God bless all the lives lost to police… » 8/16/15 10:35am 8/16/15 10:35am

Beyond 'Trap Queen': Our Predictions for the Songs of the Summer

At the time of this writing, Fetty Wap’s “Trap Queen” is holding strong as the second most popular song in the country, having been on the Billboard Hot 100 for the past 17 weeks straight. There is little doubt that once summer hits in full force and more radio stations add it to rotation, it will supplant Wiz… » 5/22/15 1:31pm 5/22/15 1:31pm

These Celebs Went Christmas Ham on Instagram This Year

Another holiday, another reminder via Instagram that celebrities are kinda sorta not really just like us, but in some ways they are. Unlike Thanksgiving's embarrassment of riches, however, Christmas brought out some impulses of humility, with a lot of celebs showing off their families, their festivities, and their… » 12/26/14 12:00pm 12/26/14 12:00pm

So, What's This 'Carefree Black Girl' Thing All About?

As a black woman from Northern California, seeing other artsy African American women with natural hair and easy smiles wasn’t uncommon for me. That is, until I moved to New York where people responded to my grin by saying ‘You’re not from here are you?’ It was then I realized there was something to this creative girl… » 1/31/14 5:15pm 1/31/14 5:15pm

Janelle Monáe Wants to Create a New Breed of Badass Women

Praise be! The Janelle Monáe/Electric Lady promo tour continues! This morning, the talented, stunning android made an appearance on The Today Show where she performed another show-stopping rendition of "Dance Apocolyptic," but not before commenting on how she hopes to be a positive influence on other women. » 9/12/13 9:30pm 9/12/13 9:30pm

Janelle Monáe Danced on the Desk During Last Night's Letterman

Janelle Monáe was on The Late Show With David Letterman last night to promote her new album The Electric Lady (out today!) and she performed so hard that the show was actually killed DEAD. Singing "Dance Apocalyptic," Monáe bashed up a microphone stand, danced on the desk and brought so much energy that even the… » 9/10/13 3:00pm 9/10/13 3:00pm