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1 of the many reasons why janelle monáe rocks

11/05/12 , , , , , , , ,

When I started my musical career I was a maid, I used to clean houses. My parents—my mother was a proud janitor, my step-father who raised me like his very own worked at the post office and my father was a trash man. 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 Covergirl. I want to be clear young girls, I didn’t have to change who I was to become a Covergirl, I didn’t have to become perfect because I’ve learned through my journey that perfection is the often the enemy of greatness. Embrace what makes you unique, even if it makes other uncomfortable. I believe it’s our uniqueness and our unique ideas that make us rock.

janelle monáe, accepting the young, gifted & black award @ black girls rock! ’12.  you can find video of the speech at colorlines.


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