Performing on the main stage Saturday at the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience at New Orleans’ City Park, Grammy-nominated funky diva Janelle Monáe begged fans to vote on Nov. 6 — and more specifically, to “vote for somebody that wants to see this country work for all of us and not just some of us.”
“Yes, I’m an artist, but I’m also a young, black, queer woman living in America,” began the 32-year-old singer, actress, rapper, model, and Prince protégé, who came out as pansexual in Rolling Stone earlier this year.
“I, like you, have been paying attention to what’s going on in this world — this country that my ancestors built with their blood, sweat, and tears. I just want to encourage each and every last one of you to continue to protect those who may not be as privileged as you are. Continue to fight for the rights of the LGBTQIA community. Trans rights are human rights. Continue to fight for immigrants’ rights, black folks’ rights, women’s rights, minorities’ rights, [disabled] people’s rights, poor folks’ rights.
“Let’s look after each other and let’s vote. Register to vote. And I’m asking you, I’m begging you, to vote for somebody that wants to see this country work for all of us and not just some of us. Do not vote for anybody who is seeking to divide us and to support the ‘Abuser of Power in Chief.’”
Monáe has been known for her activism and outspokenness for years. In 2015, her mic was cut off on Good Morning America when she went off script and railed against police brutality, and that same year, she released a song (later covered by David Byrne) called “Hell You Talmbout” that listed the names of black victims killed by police officers. She has also performed a charity concert to protest the Flint, Mich., water crisis, led a Chicago march with the mother of Sandra Bland, advocated for gun control, and worked with charities like the Foundation for AIDS Research, Autism Speaks, Keep a Child Alive, and the Save the Music Foundation. It was recently announced that she will be honored at 2018 American Ingenuity Awards by Smithsonian magazine. Her recently released third album, Dirty Computer, is one of the most acclaimed of the year.
Yahoo Entertainment’s live stream of the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience concludes Sunday with performances by Arctic Monkeys, 21 Savage, Modest Mouse, and more. Click here to watch.
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