Posts Tagged: Janelle Monae

Magical Systems and Fusion Reactors: Rivers Solomon Discusses An Unkindness of Ghosts


Rivers Solomon discusses her debut novel, the importance of writing the body into a story, and more. ...more

There Is Simply No Time for This: Whose Streets? and Civil Rights Cinema


It is unlikely I will see the US justice system evolve toward an egalitarian ideal in my lifetime. But Whose Streets? does offer a clearly visible North Star. ...more

Surf Out in Time for Your Next BBQ


In case you missed it, Chance the Rapper and his band The Social Experiment collaborated with Donnie Trumpet to release their joint LP Surf last week and, well, it’s pretty great. And it’s free. The album could be the “most anxiously awaited record of the year” according to okayplayer, and we can see why: from track to track, instrumental oceanscapes give way to the best kind of fantasy beach party vibes, and guest appearances from Erykah Badu, Busta Rhymes, Janelle Monáe, Big Sean, and Jeremih add their formidable voices without overtaking the album’s overall sound.