February 23, 2018
#Video | Janelle Monae Makes an Afro-confident move for 'Django Jane'

This is such an interesting moment to be a Black Woman, because the entire world is being forced to recognize black excellence in its fullest form. Africa is playing a central part in pop culture today, as it is invading even the most obscure parts of the millennium. And women are front and center in a way that is just getting more and more amazing.

Janelle Monae’s new creative push behind "Django Jane" the track and the video clip, is no exception. As Monae embraces a heavy hip-hop set, hovered by trap supplements, she cooks a black girl magic potion with everything she inherited from the motherland.

Starting with her melanin, as she acknowledges being highly melanated, she carried that skin color through her struggle in Kansas City trying to survive a hard life.

She calls herself the Alice of Wondaland but Wondaland is really Africa, as she previously performed in the “Wondaland” track from the album The ArchAndroid (Suites II and III) (2010).,

take me back to Wondaland I gotta get back to Wondaland.

Believe it Monae’s Wondaland would be more like Wakanda as the African American artist expressed her devotion for afro-futurism since her debut.

And call her "Django", never Sambo because as a descendant of African slaves, she is badass and refuses to be called a derogatory term associated to the word monkey.

The Afro-fabulousness does not stop in the musical composition, rather it fills up the visual composition of the video. The earthy colors on the feature are also a reminder of the warmth the African continent conveys.

And while staying aware of the Black Panther inspired outfits of the back up dancers in the video, the whole all-black look was unswervingly complemented by the kufi hats, an obvious bridge between African and African-American culture.

In fact, this traditional hat is worn by men in many populations in North Africa, East Africa, Western Africa and South Asia. In West Africa, a kufi cap is the traditional hat for men, and is part of the national costume of most of the countries in the region. It is worn by Muslims, African Christians and African Jews, although originally Islamic. Many grandfathers and other older men wear a kufi every day to symbolize their status as wise elders, religious people, or family patriarchs.

Within the United States, it has become identified primarily with persons of West African heritage, who wear it to show pride in their culture, history, and religion (whether Christianity, Islam, Judaism or Traditional African religions). It is often made of kente cloth, mudcloth, or knitted or crocheted in a variety of yarns.

Janelle’s fresh suit wasn’t too far from the dapper street style of the Congolese sapeurs and closely resembled Kendrick Lamar's, which he sported in "All The Stars" ft. SZA, the lead single to the soundtrack album of the upcoming Marvel Studios superhero film Black Panther the movie.

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