Tag: Monáe

Janelle Monáe Wants Your Birthday Wishes in Her Birthday Suit

Janelle Monáe Wants Your Birthday Wishes in Her Birthday Suit

Hello my loves! This is No Filter, the column where I grab photos from Instagram from our favorite celesbians and comment on their activities!


WELL HELLO MOST BLESSED AND GLORIOUS DAY WE ARE GRATEFUL TO BE HERE AND ALSO HAPPY BIRTHDAY JANELLE!!!!!!!!!!!!! AND THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!


Yes this is basically hashtag spon con — but I am really into how Sarah got in: her movie, a Thanksgiving message AND promo for Happiest Season. This is skill!


Textures, patterns, jacket, and mask. Approve.


SORRY, I DO NOT CARE THAT THIS IS AN AD LOOK HOW CUTE I LOVE THEM!!!!


How on earth did Janet hire the sun to personally bless her thigh??


… this looks dangerous!!! Sigh, I am officially my mother.


I am thankful for Chef Melissa and her hair.


Perhaps I need to start… rethinking how I define simple?


Every single day I wish I possessed a single ounce of the effortless cool Trace does.


Hayley made a pie, which I love, as a person who has made…. three pies in the last week? Help? Or don’t, I probably need all this pie. (Two sweet potato and one pecan, for those who are curious.)


Alright, it’s been [insert amount of time here, like time has any meaning] and does anyone know what the podcast PANTS is about? Or… why? Or… how? Any help would be greatly appreciated!


Janelle Monáe Says She Felt ‘Pressure’ To Talk About Her Sexuality – KitschMix

Janelle Monáe Says She Felt ‘Pressure’ To Talk About Her

Janelle Monáe has been speaking publicly about her identity for several years, and in 2018 she stated she was a “queer Black woman” who “has been in relationships with both men and women.”

In this months cover interview with Out magazine Monáe explained that she chooses not to talk about her relationships in public, but realised she would have to come out, she said: “I knew because of my art, I would have to talk about these things. So that put more pressure on me.

“The most important thing was me having conversations with my family. It was important that my family be reintroduced, not to the little girl they grew up knowing that they called ‘pumpkin’ or they knew was into this or into that, but they knew who I was today — that they knew that I was a free-ass motherf**ker.”

Monae added: “[Something] I identify with more than ever is the concept of coming in — and people coming into your life — and not coming out. I think there’s so much pressure put on people that can’t afford to announce to the world that, ‘I am queer’ or ‘I’m gay.’

“[I hope people can] talk about their sexuality and being queer, being gay, or being who they are, they can talk about it, not out of fear, but out of love and celebration for who they are.

“If people look at me as that beacon of hope, that’s great, but I always tell people don’t feel any pressure to be me. Take your time.”

Monáe added: “My hope is that we can continue to showcase the spectrum of storytelling around Black voices and around Black human beings, stories that humanize us.

“We can go beyond trauma, showing how powerful we are as Black people to persevere through trauma. I’m ready to see us in the past, the present, the future truly experiencing joy on screen and what it means to just exist.”

At the Oscars earlier this year, she gave an epic shout-out to Black History Month and made clear: “I’m so proud to stand here as a Black queer artist telling stories.”

Monáe explained of her Oscars moment: “[There are] so many people who have graced stages, who are out protesting and who are fighting to have their voices heard. I just happened to have a mic.

“To get on that stage and do anything other than that, would not have felt right to my spirit.”

Monáe added: “My hope is that we can continue to showcase the spectrum of storytelling around Black voices and around Black human beings, stories that humanize us.

“We can go beyond trauma, showing how powerful we are as Black people to persevere through trauma. I’m ready to see us in the past, the present, the future truly experiencing joy on screen and what it means to just exist.”

Janelle Monáe and Tessa Thompson Are Playing #TruthOrDare4Democracy

Janelle Monáe and Tessa Thompson Are Playing #TruthOrDare4Democracy

Hi there friends! Today is Election Day and I already burned the first thing I cooked. (don’t worry, there’s more things coming!! I definitely cook a lot when I’m stressed!)

Today’s news roundup is going to be a little different than most. Usually we have three sections to categorize links: “Queer as in F*ck You” for all our gay news; “Saw This, Thought of You” for the reading I did that was otherwise of our interests; and “Political Snacks” — which feels self-explanatory.

WELL! Since today the news is pretty much all politics and nothing else, we’re going to keep the “Political Snacks” and move them right to the top, followed by a bunch of news that I’m calling “election distractions” — just silly things to help keep us grounded throughout the day — in “Saw This, Thought of You.”

Don’t worry, no matter what happens today, I promise that we will be angry queers again on Thursday, and as such “Queer as in F*ck You” will be back in its regularly scheduled spot.

OK! Long talk! Here’s some links you can read!


Political Snacks

First up, this is a little bit of a cheat, in that it is technically political news, but it’s also just some fluffy ass celebrity news and fuck it! We sure can use that today!! Noted maybe once-upon-a-time girlfriends Janelle Monáe and Tessa Thompson reunited on Instagram Live this past Friday for the first time publicly since their maybe break up, and all in the name of… drumroll please!!.. D E M O C R A C Y

So first, my forever favorite queer couple talked about all the wild ass Truth-Or-Dare games that they used to play when they were *cough *cough dating best friends, including one craaaazy night when apparently they worried Tessa wouldn’t make it back to set! LOL. These kids.

But then Tessa got a little (I assume previously staged) glimmer in her eye, and she challenged her rockstar ex to duel: If One Hundred Million People voted early in this election… they would play Truth-Or-Dare on Live! FOR DEMOCRACY!

Hardee-har-har, so hilarious. But just you wait!

It actually happened!!!! The news came through just this morning! SO WE ARE GETTING EX-GIRLFRIEND TURTH OR DARE!! IT IS HAPPENING!! YAY DEMOCRACY!!

Janelle Monáe kisses Tessa Thompson on the forehead while the words: "Democracy. You Love To See It." flash above them in blue and red lettering.

Yes, I made this myself.

WHEW. And now on to much, much more serious news…

The Anxious Person’s Guide to the 2020 Election

The Small but Mighty Power of Black LGBTQ Voters

A Record Number of Black Southerners Could Be Elected to the Senate in 2020

Just 15 percent of LGBTQ+ people are Republicans, compared to 35 percent of the general population. (haha, duh!) For those that support President Trump, who are they, and what do they believe? These Gay Voters Are Backing Trump. Here’s Why. (I assume the answer is: They are racists and also that they hate themselves, but I didn’t actually read the link so you can go ahead and tell me if I guessed right)

Related: “There’s a simple question that needs to be asked if you really want to make sense of the upcoming American election. Are American white people ready to — really — reject fascism?”

And Still Related: The Long Shadow of Racial Fascism

Rivals in Landmark Marriage Equality Suit: We Are Both Voting for Biden. From both Obergefell and Hodges.

I’m 20. As a First-Time Voter, My Generation’s Trauma Is on the Ballot.

The Electoral College, Explained. (Just in case you still don’t quite get it, no problem! Also the short answer on this is: The Electoral College was Affirmative Action for slave holders, and we still have it because America’s still racist! Love u.)

More Millennials Are Working at the Polls This Year. Spend a Day With Two of Them. All these stories about Millenials becoming poll workers so the elders in our community who are at high risk for comorbidities tied to COVID can stay home and stay safe just warm my heart so much!! There is good in this world, we just have to look to see it!)


Saw This, Thought of You

Election Day Stress & Anxiety Activities

From The New York Times, Election Distractor (Ok I actually did this one myself, and it’s kinda fun?)

10 Ways to Stay Grounded on Election Day

If you want to deep dive into something that will take an hour of your life and mean absolutely nothing or cause any harm to anyone: Cara Delevingne’s Bisexuality: The Definitive Vapid Fluff Timeline from your friendly weird geniuses at Autostraddle

If you, like me, like to get lost in cooking projects: Distraction Cooking

And finally, a playlist: