The cast of Black Panther gave Janelle Monáe the confidence to finish her album

Their positive feedback made her feel “understood.”

April 19, 2018
The cast of <i>Black Panther</i> gave Janelle Monáe the confidence to finish her album Janelle Monáe attends the premiere of Black Panther.   Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images

Janelle Monáe was profiled by the New York Times ahead of her album Dirty Computer's release, which is slated for April 27. In the interview, she discusses her emerging role in activism, being more vulnerable, and how her Wondaland studio has evolved into "a center of black culture in Atlanta." Most recently, the house, where Monáe wrote and polished her latest project, frequently housed the cast of Black Panther, who held "impromptu gatherings" at the studio, and heard Dirty Computer early on in its inception. Monáe says their approval gave her confidence in the album.

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“I felt understood,” she told the Times, after describing a party in which Chadwick Boseman shined on the drums and Lupita Nyong’o proved herself the best dancer in the cast. “I felt like, Man, these are people I admire and I respect, and they love this album. I have to finish it.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Monáe talks about her oft-discussed personal relationships, saying of the many social media personalities dedicated to watching her every possibly romantic moves “I hope people feel celebrated. I hope they feel love. I hope they feel seen.” Read the full profile here.

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The cast of Black Panther gave Janelle Monáe the confidence to finish her album