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Janelle Monae Discusses the Significance of 'Antebellum' After the Film Gets Released

Janelle Monae is speaking out about the significance of her new movie Antebellum, which was just released on PVOD for audiences to watch at home amid the pandemic.

In Antebellum, successful author Veronica Henley (Monae) finds herself trapped in a horrifying reality that forces her to confront the past, present and future – before it’s too late.

The movie was written, directed, and produced by advocacy filmmakers Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz, who are best known for their pioneering advertising work engaged in the fight for social justice. This is their feature film debut!

Click inside to find out what Janelle had to say about the movie… More Here! »

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Janelle Monae Recalls Her Last Dance With Chadwick Boseman at an Oscar Party Earlier This Year

Janelle Monae is looking back about all the times she spent with friend Chadwick Boseman, just a month after his untimely death due to colon cancer.

While promoting her new movie, Antebellum, the 34-year-old actress talked to Stephen Colbert on The Late Show about the special moments she was lucky to spend with the Black Panther star.

Janelle and Chadwick met through their mutual friend, actress Lupita Nyong’o, and she told a story of a night that she hosted them for dinner while they were filming in Atlanta.

“We ate, we listened to music,” she recalled. “I just remember Chadwick that night being so present. We were not talking about work; we were not talking about the past; we were just right there. He was playing drums. We were dancing.”

Janelle and Chadwick reunited at the 2020 Oscars earlier this year and she remembered he had surprised her with a dance there.

“He tapped me on my shoulder — I’ll never forget it — he tapped me and he said, ‘Let’s have this dance,’” she shared, speaking of the Oscars party they both attended. “And we danced for a good three, four minutes, smiling.”

She added, “I just remember that moment and I will always hold that dear to me and I will always try to live in the present because I saw him living in the present.”

Chadwick was laid to rest at the Welfare Baptist Church near his hometown in South Carolina earlier this month.

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Janelle Monae Releases Powerful Music Video for New Song 'Turntables' - Watch!

Janelle Monae has dropped a new music video!

The 34-year-old singer/actress released the music video for her new single “Turntables,” which will be featured in Liz Garbus and Lisa Cortés‘ upcoming documentary film All In: The Fight for Democracy.

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The music video shows footage of racial oppression and police brutality in protests for justice over the decades, before switches into scenes of Black strength, excellence and achievement.

“We kicking out the old regime / Liberation, elevation, education / I said ‘America, yousa lie’ / But the whole world ’bout to testify,” Janelle sings in the song.

Also this week, Janelle attended the drive-in premiere of her new thriller Antebellum, which will be released as a Premium On-Demand release on all platforms on September 18.

Janelle Monae Glams Up for Drive-In Premiere of 'Antebellum' at LA's The Grove!

Janelle Monae walks the carpet while attending the drive-in premiere of her new movie Antebellum on Monday night (September 14) at The Grove in Los Angeles.

The cast of the movie stepped out for a socially distanced rooftop cinematic experience ahead of the film’s PVOD premiere this weekend.

Joining Janelle at the event were co-stars Gabourey Sidibe, Jena Malone, Jack Huston, Kiersey Clemons, Achok Majak, Lily Cowles, and London Boyce, as well as filmmakers Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz.

Antebellum will premiere as a Premium On-Demand release on all platforms on September 18. The movie was originally going to debut in theaters earlier this year, but Lionsgate decided that it was important to release the film as soon as possible because of the film’s timely themes.

In Antebellum, successful author Veronica Henley (Monae) finds herself trapped in a horrifying reality that forces her to confront the past, present and future – before it’s too late.

FYI: Janelle is wearing an Elie Saab gown and a Carolina Santo Domingo clutch.

40+ pictures inside of Janelle Monae and the cast at the drive-in premiere… More Here! »

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Janelle Monae Debuts Motivational Song 'Turntables' - Listen & Read the Lyrics!

Janelle Monae is looking to inspire.

The 34-year-old singer and actress debuted her new song “Turntables” on Tuesday (September 8), which will be used in Liz Garbus and Lisa Cortés‘ 2020 documentary film All In: The Fight for Democracy.

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“I, like a lot of people just as humans, especially being Black in America, I’ve been experiencing a lot of trauma around seeing Black bodies murdered, like humans murdered. I struggle with talking about it because it is like a wound that we’re reopening. We’ve been screaming Black Lives Matter,” she said to Zane Lowe on Apple Music of the song.

“We’ve been understanding where our ancestors came from and the fact that I’m here not because I asked to be here, but because my ancestors were stolen and we were forced to be here. So there’s a connection between the past the present and what could be the future if we continue. And I say, as humans continue to let black people suffer. And so I’ve been emotionally debilitated, but I got an opportunity to get back into the studio to talk about or to create lyrics that [doesn't] keep us reminded of that trauma, but keep us moving forward and remind us that things are changing,” she continued.

“We are changing things. The tables are turning. The rooster has come home to roost. So this song is capturing direction. And when you think about a record, when you think about a record spinning, when you think about the revolutions per minute, it’s all connected. And that is what this song means,” she went on to explain.

“This song doesn’t mean that I’m the leader, that I’m here to tell you what to do, how to fix things. I’m simply watching, examining and wanting to highlight all of the people who are on the front lines, fighting for our democracy, fighting against racial inequalities, fighting against white supremacy, fighting against systemic racism and systemic oppression. So this song is to keep us motivated. This song is to lift up and keep us galvanized when we’re fatigued. And this song is really for the people.

Click inside to read the lyrics and hear “Turntables”…More Here! »

Alicia Vikander & Janelle Monae Lead Star-Studded 'The Glorias' Trailer - Watch Now!

The trailer for The Glorias has arrived, and features an amazing star-studded ensemble cast!

The film traces famed feminist activist Gloria Steinem’s influential journey to prominence—from her time in India as a young woman, to the founding of Ms. magazine in New York, to her role in the rise of the women’s rights movement in the 1960s, to the historic 1977 National Women’s Conference and beyond. Julianne Moore and Alicia Vikander both play Steinem at different stages of her life.

The film also features icons Dorothy Pitman Hughes (Janelle Monáe), Flo Kennedy (Lorraine Toussaint), Bella Abzug (Bette Midler), Dolores Huerta (Monica Sanchez) and Wilma Mankiller (Kimberly Guerrero).

The film will debut on Amazon Prime Video on September 30. Be sure to check it out!

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Janelle Monae's Movie 'Antebellum' to Skip Theaters, Will Debut on Premium VOD

The upcoming movie Antebellum, starring Janelle Monae, will be skipping a theatrical release and it will debut on Premium Video On Demand instead.

The thriller was originally scheduled to be released in theaters in April 2020, but the release date was delayed until August 2020 when the coronavirus pandemic hit.

Now, the movie is going to be available to rent at home starting on September 18. Select international markets will get to experience the movie in theaters.

In Antebellum, successful author Veronica Henley (Monáe) finds herself trapped in a horrifying reality that forces her to confront the past, present and future – before it’s too late.

Joe Drake, the Chairman of Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, said, “While the theatrical experience will always be the heart of our business, we are thrilled that we are able to seize the opportunity to match Gerard and Chris’s urgent and immediate film with a release strategy befitting this moment of extraordinary change. Gerard and Chris are storytellers whose work beats with authenticity – not only will this film entertain and thrill audiences worldwide, but spark a discussion about our current world.”

Directors Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz added, “While we designed Antebellum to be consumed as a communal experience in the theater, we are thrilled by the unique opportunity we have to pivot to a different kind of communal moment in our culture. As we face the realities of systemic racism in our country, which have crescendoed to this current inflection point in 2020, we understand how imperative it is to bring Antebellum to the broadest audience possible, while also prioritizing health and safety. It is our ardent hope that by sharing our film widely, both nationally and internationally, we will transform the moviegoing experience from home into a true event.”

Disney just announced that one of their most anticipated movies will be going to VOD in September as well.

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