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

Janelle Monae's New Album Is Scorching Hot and Streaming Online

Janelle Monae is streaming her entire new album, The Electric Lady, online, and it sounds amazing. So good. Guests include Erykah Badu, Solange, Miguel, Esperanza Spaulding, and Prince. Yes, PRINCE! So far the bubbly "Dance Apocalyptic" and the steam-funk soul "Givin' Em What They Love" are my favorites. » 9/04/13 1:30pm 9/04/13 1:30pm

Prince Makes Janelle Monáe and Erykah Badu Even Cooler, If That Was…

When Janelle Monáe and Eryklah Badu teamed up for their video for the song "Q.U.E.E.N.", our own Madeleine Davies called it "possibly the most fun and stylish music video of all time." The pair have managed to up their cool factor 5000 percent by getting Prince himself to remix the song, which is basically like… » 6/26/13 5:45pm 6/26/13 5:45pm

Here Are Janelle Monáe and Erykah Badu in the Most Stylish Video EVER

Have you ever watched a music video and thought "I want to live in that"? If not, get ready: Janelle Monáe and Erykah Badu have created what is possibly the most fun and stylish music video of all time. Just wait — tomorrow we'll all be sporting fringed tuxedos and streaks of red down our faces because that's the… » 5/02/13 6:20pm 5/02/13 6:20pm

Beyonce Doesn't Like Labels But 'I'm a Modern-Day Feminist, I Guess'

While she's been a lightning rod for claims of both feminism and anti-feminism (particularly since announcing her Mrs. Carter World Tour), Beyoncé has tended in the past to steer clear of the F-word that's put so many female celebrities in the hot seat. Until now, at least. Bey tells Vogue UK in a cover interview for… » 4/03/13 9:00am 4/03/13 9:00am

Kathie Lee and Hoda Are in a Chardonnay-Soaked Feud

No! The wonderfully batty, tipsy holy duo of Hoda and Kathie Lee are boiling with resentment thanks to that classic American triptych of greed, geography and sheer carnal impulse. (I may have thrown that third one in.) Apparently Kathie Lee has been lobbying to move Today to Los Angeles for quite some time, and her… » 2/15/13 9:00am 2/15/13 9:00am