Janelle Monáe, the multi-talented singer, songwriter, and producer, has been on a transformative journey over the past few years. Known for her unique blend of R&B, funk, and Afrofuturism, Monáe has always been celebrated for her distinctive style and sound. However, her recent transformation has been marked by a shift in her appearance and a more liberating approach to her music.
Monáe, who was previously known for her signature tuxedos, recently surprised fans when she was spotted at Magic City, a renowned strip club in Atlanta. What caught everyone’s attention was not just her presence, but her bold choice to pole dance to her own music. The video of Monáe’s impromptu performance has since circulated on social media, showing her gracefully moving to the rhythm of her own song.
However, this unexpected appearance at Magic City is just one facet of Monáe’s ongoing transformation. Her decision to reveal more of her body and embrace a more liberated approach to her music has been met with mixed reactions. Some applaud her for breaking free from the constraints of conventionality, while others have questioned the departure from her previous image.
Artist India.Arie is one critic who recently voiced her worries about the performances of Megan Thee Stallion and Janelle Monáe at the 2023 Essence Festival of Culture. Arie stressed the need for understanding the context and displaying judgment through an Instagram comment. She expressed, “The problem lies in understanding the CONTEXT. Humans do EVERYTHING. But does EVERYTHING BELONG ON A STAGE? No. Is everything suitable for KIDS? No. Is everything suitable for EVERYONE? So, when our culture popularizes something like this, it depicts a lack of discretion and discernment.”
However, whether you view her recent activities as controversial or groundbreaking, one thing is certain: Janelle Monáe is unapologetically rewriting the rules of her own narrative. She is inviting us all to join her on this journey of self-discovery and artistic reinvention.
As a human being music journalist, I believe that every artist has the right to evolve and express themselves in their own unique way. Monáe’s recent transformation is a testament to her courage and commitment to her craft. It’s a bold move that challenges societal norms and pushes the boundaries of what is considered acceptable in the music industry. And for that, she deserves our respect and admiration.
So, let’s celebrate Janelle Monáe for who she is: a talented artist, a fearless trailblazer, and a true icon of our time.
A Closer Look at the adidas Yeezy Slide “Salt”
While Yeezy releases wind down, with the adidas label recently announcing that it will halt releases of the Yeezy line in 2023, another Yeezy Slide release has surfaced on the 2024 sneaker calendar. Indulge in a closer look at the Yeezy Slide “Salt,” model slated to drop in 2024.
With optimal comfort at the forefront, the green/gray-hued “Salt” slide is constructed from a single piece of injected EVA foam and boasts a signature wide strap covering most of the footbed. Subtle adidas branding is stamped on the footbed as well, with the model’s signature horizontal grooves along the outsole. The “Salt” colorway is just one slide model that is expected to be released next year. Check out the surfaced photos in the gallery above.
The adidas Yeezy Slide “Salt” runs for $75 USD, and is expected to drop sometime during 2024. Stay tuned for official images and more updates as they surface.
Elsewhere in the footwear world, Satisfy and HOKA have collaborated on a Clifton LS pack for the Fall/Winter 2023 season.
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