Janelle Monae’s Black Girl’s Rock Speech

When I started my music career, I was a maid. I used to clean houses. My mother was a proud janitor. My stepfather, who raised me like his very own, worked at the post office and my father was a trashman.  They all wore uniforms and that’s why I stand here today, in my black and white, and I wear my uniform to honor them.

This is a reminder that I have work to do. I have people to uplift. I have people to inspire. And today, I wear my uniform proudly as a Cover Girl. I want to be clear, young girls, I didn’t have to change who I was to become a Cover Girl. I didn’t have to become perfect because I’ve learned throughout my journey that perfection is the enemy of greatness.

Embrace what makes you unique, even if it makes others uncomfortable.”

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5 thoughts on “Janelle Monae’s Black Girl’s Rock Speech

  1. Hey, I like the new look of the website. Nice and bright.
    Great post on Janelle…inspiring speech.

    PS I’m glad I don’t have to enter the validation codes anymore. :)

  2. Gorgeous! Her words were inspirational and beautifully delivered. She is truly a shining star of a human being and an exceptional musical artist.




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