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A Q&A with Janelle Monáe on ‘The Memory Librarian’ Debut

Before appearing at Town Hall Seattle, the artist and actor discusses her debut book, Afrofuturism, and storytelling.

by Amanda Ong

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Janelle Monáe is a singer, songwriter, actor, producer, an eight-time Grammy nominee, and a household name — and she’s from the future. In the decade-plus that Monáe has been performing and making music, she has already made major waves in Afrofuturism. Throughout her career, Monáe has used science fiction to express the societal and personal battles of gender identity, racial identity, political violence, sexuality, memory, and radical love. 

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