I think she’s already moved into a new artistic direction by departing from the Metropolis suite, but still holding onto her ideas of people as androids, computers, and technologically espoused beings. I hope she will always stick to her aesthetic, even if she explores it in a new way because it is unique and perfectly executed. I found out about Janelle both through this subreddit and in trying to find Afrofuturist texts. As a brief explanation, Afrofuturism is a sub-genre of speculative fiction (A Queen was born in December happy birthday to me shirt often science fiction) which response to the whitewashing of the genre by imagining a future shaped by black people or black ideas and experiences. This can imagine a future built on an imagined African nation undisturbed by white colonization (as in the case of Black Panther), or imagine a future or present America that is shaped by the experiences and histories of black people.
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Honestly, I am not a black pansexual American woman, so on the one hand this album is not for me. But on the other hand, Janelle is so successful at making this album accessible, and she makes her points plainly understood. Moreover, the album does have a resonance A Queen was born in December happy birthday to me shirt I can feel. Most notably in the entirety of Make Me Feel. Especially this: The opening of the song is also Janelle speaking to the world. Journalists have for years been speculating about her sexuality, owing to queer themes in songs like Cold War and Q.U.E.E.N. The lyric “don’t make me spell it out for you” is Janelle pointing out that she shouldn’t have to come out as pansexual. She should be able to just live her life.
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Haven’t seen it in its entirety yet (because I’m a flop) but from what I have seen, it is excellent. Especially the Afrofuturist element, which isn’t the main focus of the film, but is so successfully integrated into the film’s aesthetic. Moreover, it is not just a visual spectacle. As elaborated above, the devices of Afrofuturism are essential to an album in A Queen was born in December happy birthday to me shirt Janelle voices the experiences of a historically marginalized perspective and reiterates how black experiences are part of present-day America, and will be part of America’s history, and thus should not be ignored. Black people will continue to shape the nation and our understanding of society, culture, race, gender, sexuality, and politics. great write-up about one of the best albums of the year. Dirty Computer is one of the albums that i listened the most this year, it has insane replay value. my favorite songs off the album are Crazy, Classic, Life; Screwed; PYNK; Make Me Feel; I Got The Juice and I Like That.