Janelle Monáe, Dirty Computer
We'll show Dirty Computer in its entirety at 7pm on Sunday Dec. 9 (night before class)--please come if you can. LPAC 201. Some "homework"! :)
class on Dec. 10. Discuss Monáe's "emotion picture" (2018), her first full-length work since 2013.
7 Dec. update: TODAY IT WAS ANNOUNCED THAT DIRTY COMPUTER IS ONE OF THE NOMINEES FOR A GRAMMY FOR ALBUM OF THE YEAR. Monáe's reaction:
“This album is so much bigger than me,” Monáe said, getting choked up. “It’s not about me. It’s about community of dirty computers, of marginalized voices.”
“Being a young, black queer woman in America, there was something I had to say. There was a group of people that I wanted to celebrate. I’m happy to be representing them. I hope they feel seen. I hope they feel heard. I hope they feel loved, and I hope they feel celebrated.”
Later, the “Moonlight” and “Hidden Figures” star said that she created the album for the “community of voices that I hear and I see when I look out in the crowd.”
“You know, there’s something going on in this country and there are a lot of people’s voices that are pushed to the margins of society because of who they love and what God they choose to serve,” she added. “I wanted this album to be for them, to be a community and a church for their lives.”
Monáe is up for two Grammy Awards this year, with her video for “Pynk” also nominated in the music video category. That brings her totally Grammy nominations tally to eight....