Janelle Monae ques­tions time in lock­down

Jamaica Gleaner - - ENTERTAINM­ENT -

JANELLE MONAE has lost track of the days while in quar­an­tine.

The 34-year-old singer and ac­tress has been spend­ing time at home amid the coron­avirus pan­demic, and has said she’s be­gun to lose count of how many days she’s spent in­doors be­cause ev­ery day seems the same.

She said: “I don’t re­ally know what day it is most days and nights. I’m ques­tion­ing time – does it even ex­ist?”

Monae has been us­ing her time to give back though, as her com­pany, Won­da­land Arts So­ci­ety, have teamed up with the coron­avirus-in­spired char­ity Project Isa­iah to help feed those in need, with air­line caterer Gate Gourmet mak­ing and dis­tribut­ing the meals.

Speak­ing about the char­i­ta­ble deed, she added: “Yes, we are in this to­gether. But we’re not all go­ing through the same ex­pe­ri­ence fi­nan­cially. My sit­u­a­tion is a lot dif­fer­ent than a sin­gle black mom with five kids who just got laid off.”

And the Home­com­ing ac­tress has also been get­ting in­volved with the re­cent Black Lives Mat­ter protests, as she urged peo­ple to

“stand up” and use their voices to fight against sys­temic racism.

Speak­ing to Va­ri­ety mag­a­zine for their ‘Power of Women’ is­sue, she said: “We need you. We need more peo­ple in­side these places, in­side these po­lice precincts and these build­ings, to stand up. And to be march­ing. And to be right there with us.”

Mean­while, Monae re­cently re­vealed that she started her pro­duc­tion com­pany to en­sure that she and other black women have “free­dom and choice” in their movie roles.

The Hid­den Fig­ures star ex­plained: “I have a com­pany now called Won­der­land Pic­tures, and we hope to be bring­ing Steven Spiel­berg, Ge­orge Lu­cas tril­ogy-level science- fic­tion fran­chises to the world.

“Ob­vi­ously, I’m a black woman, so I’m al­ways gonna bring that take to what­ever it is I do. I’m ready to start get­ting those scripts that the Johnny Depps were given, and that the Ju­lia Roberts were get­ting. And I’m ready to see other women of colour have that same free­dom and choice to make de­ci­sions about their char­ac­ters.”

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