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Janelle Monáe covers Allure’s Freedom Issue this July



Janelle Monáe speaks on choosing freedom over fear on the cover of Allure‘s July issue.

In the interview on living free as a queer African-American woman, Janelle mentions a piece of advice Stevie Wonder gave her when she was dealing with anger and trying to start recording again. After listening to Janelle’s feelings and frustrations Allure said, the music giant asked her to pull out her phone and record what he said next:

Even when you’re upset, use words of love / ’Cause God is love / Allah is love / Jehovah is love / So don’t let your expressions, even of anger / Be confused or misconstrued / Turn them into words of expression / That can be understood by using words of love

The recording would later become an interlude called Stevie’s Dream on her third studio album, Dirty Computer released on April 27, 2018.

“I was challenged,” she says. “It’s easy for me to just stay angry, but it’s harder for me to choose love.”

See more photos from the magazine blow and click here for the full interview

Photo Credit: Allure


  1. Tosin

    June 20, 2018 at 12:29 pm

    So glad for one so talented and accomplished. Check out her past work too – she’s been top-notch a long time. Everything performing arts, she’s a boss.

    On the artiste-management side, she sorta launched Jidenna, and a fantastic girl duo called St. Beauty’s Band.

  2. Mrs chidukane

    June 20, 2018 at 12:48 pm

    How Femi Gbajiamila’s wife thought she could pull off that orange monstrosity Janelle is wearing on the cover of this magazine still eludes me.

  3. Amaa

    June 20, 2018 at 1:12 pm

    So this is the dress that some people wore that looked like a tent ?nah wah ohh

  4. toya

    June 20, 2018 at 2:24 pm

    i blame the stylist. this was a wrong choice, its an avant garde design and well suited for editorial photo shoot i.e vogue, Harpers, allure etc not a birthday party!

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