Janelle Monae broke down her role in the highly anticipated film, “Hidden Figures,” which also stars Octavia Spencer and Taraji P. Henson. She explains that the movie deals with the stories of three black women, who were responsible for the brilliant mathematical work behind NASA’s first successful space launch.
Plus, Janelle also opens up about running a label while doing a million other things, how she first met Jidenna and started the label to begin with, and her feelings on Jidenna’s success with “Classic Man.” She talks about her goal of helping someone enter into Hip-hop with a new perspective, and tell “unique, universal stories.” Check out the exclusive video to hear more in this interview with “Get Up! Mornings With Erica Campbell.”
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14 Things You May Not Know About Janelle Monáe
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1. Janelle Monáe's full name is Janelle Monáe Robinson.
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2. She was born on December 1, 1985.
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3. Janelle was born in Kansas City, Kansas.
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4. Her debut album "The ArchAndroid" was nominated for Best Contemporary R&B Album at the 53rd Grammy Awards.
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5. Her song "Tightrope" was nominated for Best Urban/Alternative Performance at the 53rd Grammy Awards.
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6. She's a Covergirl!
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7. One of her close friends is "The Purple One" aka Prince!
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8. Monáe on her signature tux: "I bathe in it, I swim in it, and I could be buried in it. A tux is such a standard uniform, it’s so classy and it’s a lifestyle I enjoy. The tux keeps me balanced. I look at myself as a canvas. I don’t want to cloud myself with too many colors or I’ll go crazy. It’s an experiment I’m doing. I think I want to be in the Guinness Book of World Records."
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9. Outkast's Big Boi discovered the unique talent!
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10. She was signed to Diddy's Bad Boy Records.
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11. She has an alter-ego named "Cindi Mayweather."
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12. Monáe studied drama at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC.
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13. In 2012, Monáe won the "Young, Gifted & Black Award" at the BET Black Girls Rock! Awards ceremony.
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14. Her sophomore album is titled "The Electric Lady."
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