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HOWEVER, this album and PYNK, in particular, are significant ruminations on black identities and experiences. There is a universal core to the song, but it is indisputably about queer black femininity. The song is especially impressive when you compare it to Janelle’s artistic past. Her A Queen Was Born In November Happy Birthday To Me Diamond shirt known image was of the woman so comfortable in a suit she went on record saying she would like to be buried in one. We saw her wear suits in the music videos for Tightrope and Q.U.E.E.N. Suits, of course, have an association with masculinity, and Janelle was perfectly comfortable with eschewing conventional gender practices in aligning herself to the masculine ideal of a suit. But PYNK balances Janelle’s identity. She is now comfortable showing the world her feminine side, aligning herself with the color that, for the last century, has first and foremost symbolized femininity. In fact, the video she foregoes suits in favor of dresses, bras, and women’s apparel.
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