Multidimensional artist Janelle Monáe wants to open a school, details process behind ‘Dirty Computer’ album at 92Y

Learn more about the songwriting process behind ‘Dirty Computer’ and her thoughts on the current political climate.

Photos: Gianna M. Bertoli / Michael Priest Photography

During a short talk with Janelle Monáe and Rolling Stone staff writer Brittany Spanos, the audience had the chance to learn about the artist’s take on the political climate in the country, her subsequent fears as a result of our president, and her artistic progress and reasons for collaborating with fellow artists. I won’t sit here and act like I’d hear ‘Dirty Computer’ before that talk, but the conversation made me want to give the album and “emotion” picture a chance. Above all, the creative singer-songwriter and producer’s mention of wanting to start a school piqued my interest. For detail’s sake, it is the way she pitched a curriculum to the audience and her laughable descriptions of a dress code—or the lack thereof.

Watch the entire talk below, and if it’s not too much to ask before you get out of here, stream the Kansas City-native musician’s latest album ‘Dirty Computer’ below.

Janelle Monáe has an initiative she started in 2016 called, ‘Fem the Future’. Its purpose is to “create more opportunities to advance awareness, inclusion, and opportunities for women and those who identify as women through music, arts, mentorship, and education. She also has an upcoming project with Robert Zemeckis called, ‘Welcome to Marwen’.

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