This interview with Janelle Monae is ideal reading for those wondering what she's all about. Alyssa Rosenberg puts Monae into a larger pop context here.
AVC: You’ve mentioned that you view androids as a sort of societal other, replacing other marginalized groups. How do you see your work as engaging with the concept of there always being an “other” group?
JM: I believe that the android is a new form of the other, but you can parallel the other to so many different types of people. Even if you don’t consider yourself to be the other, at one point in time I’m sure you felt like that. There are some groups that for years and years have not gotten the rights that the majority of human beings have, and I think that it’s important to continue to draw these parallels so that when we think about our future we can change some of the lives of people who love differently than we do, look different than we do, who come from a different class. It’s all about bringing awareness to how important it is to be accepting of people, of others, of everyone, because we all have to live on this planet together, and there will be oppression if one group thinks they’re more important or superior.